Our Vision and Goals

Statement:
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

Vision:
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.

Our Objectives:

* 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

Our Short term Goals:

* To advocate for a Snakebite centre of excellence at GSH
* To attract Liverpool institute of Tropical Medicine as research partners
* To attract Welcome Trust funding

Our Medium term Goals

* A research team to be based in Eswatini part of the year
* To trial a novel AV
* Reach out to assist Mozambique
* To investigate / business case / concept local AV production

Our Long term Goals

* To produce AV locally
* To export AV to other needy communities
* To be a world leader in Snake envenomation advocacy

Who we are:
A not-for-profit organisation based in Eswatini, manned by volunteers, dedicated to saving lives and limbs