Snakebite Video Message from Rom

Spatial distribution of snakebite mortal
Russell's viper near rice field worker,

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Snakebites killed 1.2 million Indians over the last 20 years, 70% of which were in just eight states, and many of which were during the rainy season. This study can help achieve the WHO goal of halving snakebite deaths by 2030.    


Attached is a PDF of the ground-breaking study "Trends in snakebite deaths in India from 2000 to 2019 in a nationally representative mortality study" published today in eLife. Also attached is a (PDF) press release, photograph and map of India showing snakebite mortality risk.


Check video page for videos on snakebite prevention and treatment which are available in several regional languages. 


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Please share widely, the snakebite study shows the need of the hour is to strengthen rural health care and resources, an investment for the future, particularly at this challenging time of the Covid-19 pandemic.


With many thanks and stay safe!


Romulus Whitaker

Project Manager (India), Global Snakebite Initiative

Centre for Herpetology/Madras Crocodile Bank

World Health Organization Recognising  Snakebite Global Health Priority