Snakebite envenoming is a neglected tropical disease that impacts the lives of millions of the world’s most vulnerable people. It is estimated that snakebite envenoming causes 81,000–138,000 deaths each year, with around three times as many amputations and permanent disabilities.
In May 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched its strategy for prevention and control of snakebite envenoming with the objective of halving the number of deaths and disabilities globally by 2030. To achieve this objective, the strategy advocates a systemic and multidisciplinary approach focused on improving treatments, strengthening health systems, engaging communities, building partnerships and mobilising resources. Since being launched, political and scientific attention to snakebite envenoming has grown substantially, although funding remains a limiting factor.
In September 2021, WHO launched a new Snakebite Envenoming Information and Data Platform during a public webinar that was followed by 700 participants from across the world. The first set of tools included the most up-to-date range maps of all medically important venomous snakes and an integrated antivenom products database.
Building on this momentum, and coinciding with , WHO will host a second public webinar on 19 September 2022 at 14:00 (CEST), with the aim of presenting an update on the implementation of the strategy.This exciting webinar, moderated by Patricia Amira, will include a discussion on activities around the four key pillars of the strategy and news about functionalities being added to the platform.