Striking Back at Snakebites

The WHO's strategy aimed at halving deaths and disability by 2030 from snakebites—which kill up to 138,000 people and injure 400,000 each year—is taking shape.

The snakebite envenoming roadmap, which will be launched in Geneva this May, centers on delivery of up to 3 million snakebite treatments annually as well as stronger health systems.  

“The challenge of building an argument for an NTD that cannot be eliminated, and for which no single universal ‘cure’ is available, is substantial," writes David Williams, chair of WHO’s Snakebite Envenoming Working Group. But, he adds, there’s evidence that effective treatment can dramatically reduce mortality by as much as 88%.


PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

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