Snakebite envenoming

International focus on snakebite envenoming grows

14 February 2018 | Geneva –– A new initiative gets underway to discuss the possibility of developing innovative solutions that can address the problems associated with snakebite envenoming.

The interdisciplinary event, to be held in Leiden, The Netherlands on 21 and 22 June 2018, aims to raise attention for this devastating, neglected tropical disease and ignite solutions and international action on snakebite prevention and treatment.

WHO Executive Board recommends resolution on snakebite envenoming to World Health Assembly

26 January 2018 | Geneva –– The 142nd session of the World Health Organization’s Executive Board has recommended a resolution on snakebite envenoming to the 71st World Health Assembly.

The draft resolution calls on countries to take definitive steps to stop the death, disability and suffering that snakebite inflicts on many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

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.