Meeting on Snakebite Envenoming
Snakebite envenoming is one of the most neglected diseases, particularly in low- and middle-income countries with a tropical climate and rich snake fauna, such as Lao PDR, Vietnam, Ghana, Gabon, and Malawi. Worldwide snakebite envenoming affects as many as 2.7 million people and causes 81,000 to 138,000 deaths per year. Many victims suffer permanent disabilities that significantly affect their ability to work, and can also lead to social exclusion and stigmatisation.
With this first meeting on Snakebite Envenoming at the Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), our newly established Snakebite Envenoming Research Group aims to bring together different European and African stakeholders to get to know each other, present current projects and discuss possible future research collaborations that will contribute to the treatment and welfare of snakebite patients.