Snakebite envenoming

WHO Working Group on Snakebite Envenoming

Snakebite Envenoming (SBE) Working Group
Terms of References

The Terms of Reference for the SBE Working Group were listed as follows:
The Working Group is requested to develop a strategic plan for snakebite envenoming. More specifically, development of a road map plan that aims to assess and address the global burden of snakebite envenoming, especially in mid- to low-income countries will be undertaken. This roadmap will incorporate the following:

  • A clear timeline for the technical and administrative tools to support the establishment or strengthening of international, regional and national snakebite control strategies, including a focus on effective prevention, diagnosis, treatment, education, and surveillance techniques;
  • Targeted strategies to raise awareness among governments, funding agencies and with other strategic partners and stakeholders in order to increase priority and visibility;
  • A well-developed strategy for identifying and obtaining sufficient resources to sustain all of the elements of the road map, and the achievement of its goals and objectives within the specified timelines;
  • Improved collaboration and cooperation between governments, organizations, institutions, agencies, civil society and other stakeholder groups to drive reductions in the impact of SBE on the health, welfare and socioeconomic status of people living at risk through integrated, cost-effective and sustainable approaches;
  • Provide expert assistance on specific SBE issues within the context of a global prevention and control plan, and in accordance with the need for timely and relevant information on available and potential future tools for the integrated control of SBE;
  • Support the establishment of coordination and communication mechanisms to ensure the efficient and effective exchange of information, and the development of advocacy materials within the context of the NTD and EMP communication strategies;
  • Assist WHO to support countries in building their capacity to apply tools and implement integrated and coordinated prevention and control strategies relevant to their respective needs and context.