WHO Launches Snakebite Prevention and Control Strategy

WHO reports that poisonous snakebites affect from 1.8 million to 2.7 million people each year, killing as many as 138,000 people and causing 400,000 cases of permanent disability annually.

The World Health Organization recently launched its new global snakebite strategy, aiming to reduce snakebite deaths and related disability cases by 50 percent by the year 2030. According to the organization, poisonous snakebites affect from 1.8 million to 2.7 million people each year, killing as many as 138,000 people and causing 400,000 cases of permanent disability annually.

The strategy targets affected communities and their health systems and seeks to ensure access to safe, effective treatment. It was developed by a 28-member panel of global experts in consultation with WHO regional offices, the scientific and research community, health foundations, advocacy groups and stakeholders.

The cost is projected at $136.76 million from 2019 to 2030, in three phases. The Pilot Phase (2019-2020) would cost $8.96 million, in which communities and health systems will be strengthened in 10–12 countries where poisonous snakebites are a public health problem. The Scale-up Phase (2021-2024) would cost $45.44 million, and the Full Roll-out Phase (2025-2030) would cost $82.36 million.

"The people most affected by snakebite are often those with the least access to services and medicines," WHO's director-general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, writes in the strategy's foreword. "The most powerful force for reducing the impact of snakebite envenoming is therefore for countries to commit to universal health coverage, based on strong health systems and people-centred primary health care. Engaging communities and national and international partners is also essential. I urge all policy-makers and managers in countries, as well as our international partners, to work with WHO to implement this strategy and achieve sustained prevention and control of this disease that affects many of the world's most vulnerable people."

The strategy was developed in response to a resolution adopted in 2018 by the 71st World Health Assembly. The resolution called for a coordinated response to address the global burden of snakebite envenoming.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    OSHA’s Form 300A posting deadline is February 1! Are you prepared? To help answer your key recordkeeping questions, IndustrySafe put together this guide with critical compliance information.

  • Steps to Conduct a JSA

    We've put together a comprehensive step-by-step guide to help you perform a job safety analysis (JSA), which includes a pre-built, JSA checklist and template, steps of a JSA, list of potential job hazards, and an overview of hazard control hierarchy.

  • Everything You Need to Know about Incident investigations

    Need some tips for conducting an incident investigation at work after there’s been an occupational injury or illness, or maybe even a near miss? This guide presents a comprehensive overview of methods of performing incident investigations to lead you through your next steps.

  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Industry Safe
Bulwark CP

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - October 2020

    October 2020


      EHS Compliance: Make it Personal
      Choosing the Right Safety Shoe for Your Industry
      A Requirements Checklists for Work Safety Gloves
      Contemporary Issues in HSE Management
    View This Issue