The World Health Organization published its global strategy prevention and control of snakebite envenoming. The WHO aims to halve the number of people killed or disabled by snakebites by 2030.
Snakes each year bite Almost 5 million people, resulting in more than 100,000 deaths. Last week, Britain’s Wellcome Trust declared a $100 million program to tackle the issue, stating that there were new potential drugs which could be tested.
“We are cautiously optimistic that the WHO’s snakebite strategy could be a turning point in tackling this disease,” Julien Potet said, neglected tropical diseases policy advisor for Médecins Sans Frontières(MSF) Access Campaign.
The agency called the issue of snakebites” a hidden epidemic” and stated most snakebites are curable.
WHO’s strategy includes strategies to improve access to anti-venom and treatment.