Snakebite envenoming

WHO initiates development of comprehensive snakebite control strategy

Agricultural workers working barefoot are vulnerable to snakebites
© Asian Development Bank

08 December 2017 | Geneva –– A newly formed Working Group on Snakebite Envenoming convenes for the first time to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the global problem of snakebite envenoming.

Experts will discuss the technical and administrative tools by focusing on effective prevention, diagnosis, treatment, education, and surveillance techniques.

The meeting takes place at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva on 12 December 2017. A final strategy is expected by mid-2018.

Costa Rica leads discussions on draft resolution to address global burden of snakebite envenoming

Panel at informal consultation session in
Palais des Nations on Monday 30 October 2017

03 November 2017 | Geneva –– A consultation on the development of a document aimed at strengthening global efforts to reduce and control the impact of snakebite envenoming resumes today.

The first session, initiated and led by the Republic of Costa Rica, and co-sponsored by the Republic of Colombia, took place on 30th October at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

The final document will be presented to the WHO Executive Board Meeting in January 2018.

Snakebite under spotlight in Oxford

© David J. Williams

28 August 2017 | Geneva –– An international symposium, starting on the 29th August, 2017 at Oxford University in the United Kingdom will provide an important opportunity for dialogue between snakebite experts and WHO.

The Venoms 2017 Conference will be largely attended by academia, the NGO community, policy stakeholders and various clinical professionals.

WHO to unveil strategy to improve snakebite prevention and access to treatment

© David J. Williams

25 August 2017 | Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) is developing a strategy that aims to greatly improve awareness on the prevention of snakebites as well as ensure that effective treatment is available and accessible in areas where people are more exposed and the provision of rehabilitation facilities for victims of snakebite.