The World Health Organisation has been given a strong mandate to develop a comprehensive plan to support countries in implementing measures for increased access to effective treatment to people who get bitten by venomous snakes. Agricultural workers and children are the most affected. Children often suffer more severe effects than adults, due to their smaller body mass.
Swaziland AntiVenom Foundation
That in our community, snakes and snake-envenomation are not synonymous, but that in the event of envenomation, the victim will be afforded excellent and effective treatment.
· Increasing Public awareness of snakes and snakebite prevention
· Safeguarding the supply of safe, effective and economical Anti Venom
· To develop tools to measure the incidence and impact of snakebite in the community
· Support for research and audit
· Advocacy for resources and education around snakebite
· Advisory service to Clinicians treating snakebite
· To provide a repository of AntiVenom stocks, and a repository of resources and knowledge
How we achieve this:
· By managing stocks of AntiVenom, including funding,
· holding an annual Snakebite Symposium,
· advocating for victims through engagement with Health Providers, Venom manufacturers, funders and public platforms
· Training snake handlers to safely remove both non- and venomous snakes
· Maintaining Treatment guidelines and protocols and providing best-practice
· training to clinicians
· Reaching out to neighbouring communities and countries
· Measuring and researching the impact of envenomation
Who we are:
A not-for-profit organisation based in Eswatini, manned by volunteers, dedicated to saving lives and limbs.