One Million bites, over 50,000 deaths.
This is the staggering impact snakebite has on rural India every year.
Snakes are an essential component of the ecology of the Indian landscape especially because of the high abundance of rodents resulting from the conversion of forest land to agriculture. Without rodent-eating snakes, damage to standing crops and stored grains would be disastrous. At the same time, snakes are indiscriminately killed because of myths and ignorance of snake identity and habits. There’s also an abysmal lack of knowledge of first aid and treatment of snakebite at the village level. This means India experiences the tragedy of the highest snakebite incidence on earth, with more than 50,000 men, women and children dying each year and tens of thousands of snakebite survivors permanently disabled and traumatized. In this situation, both people and snakes are losers. This led to the World Health Organization (WHO) adding snakebite to its list of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in 2017.
Through our Snake Conservation and Snakebite Mitigation project, we work in multiple spheres towards mitigating the far reaching effects of this most neglected of tropical diseases.
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Note :- Our snakebite work has been supported over the course of several years through funding
support from USV Private Limited, Deshpande Foundation, Oracle, Google, Infosys Foundation,
United Way of Chennai, Battle of the Buffet, Chennai Mission and Srinivasan Services Trust.
In addition, we partner with several organizations across the country to execute our field
goals. To learn a little more about the work we do in this sphere and how you can help,
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