Paediatric nurse Claire Hudson and MSF nurse Mutola dress 7 year old Kabiru’s wound from a suspected snake bite. Goronyo, Nigeria. Photograph by Lindsey Mackenzie
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Fact Sheet: Ending the neglect of snakebite

Ending the Neglect of Snakebite
Photograph by Lindsey Mackenzie

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.

Although effective treatment exists for snakebite envenoming (poisoning from snakebites), the vast majority of people aren’t able to access it. We now have an opportunity to end this terrible neglect and needless suffering by working together to deliver lifesaving treatment to victims of snakebite.

This fact sheet provides information on how snakebite affects people and how it is treated, explains why so many people can’t access this treatment, and describes what governments need to do to end the antivenom access crisis.