Snakebites in Paoua

Snakebite

Snakebite is a hidden health crisis. Every year, an estimated 2.7 million people are bitten by venomous snakes, resulting in death for more than 100,000 people and life-long disfigurement and disability for 400,000 more.​

Snakebite has always been low on the public health agenda at national and international levels. More than 20,000 people die from snakebites each year in sub-Saharan Africa alone, where we treat several thousand victims of snakebite every year and witness the devastating impact of snakebites on victims, their families and communities in many of the places we work. Access to proper treatment is limited, with quality antivenoms costing several times the yearly salary of a farmer in South Sudan, for example - a population that is particularly affected.

Snakebites in South Sudan (ENG)

Snakebites in South Sudan (ENG)

Snakebites in South Sudan

MSF treats many victims of snakebite in South Sudan. But a lack of availability of suitable antivenoms has made patient care challenging. In February 2017, MSF sent a herpetologist (someone who specialises in the study of reptiles) to South Sudan to identify the different snake species.

 
Snakebite Amputation
Snakebite

Time to strike back at snakebite and end the antivenom access crisis

Report 19 Sep 2018
 
Snakebites in Paoua
Snakebite

Governments slated to vote on first-ever resolution at World Health Assembly

Statement 23 May 2018
 
Snakebites in Paoua
Photo Story

Affordable and quality antivenoms needed for snakebites

5 Feb 2018
Photo Story
 
Snakebite Amputation
Snakebite

MSF welcomes WHO decision to include snakebite on Neglected Tropical Diseases list

Statement 23 Jun 2017
 
Snakebite: little hope of a cure for the most vulnerable.
South Sudan

Little hope of a cure for the most vulnerable

Project Update 3 Jun 2016
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Snakebite

Snakebite: How a public health emergency slithered under the radar

msfaccess.org 6 Sep 2015