Health Action International (HAI) advocates at local, national and global levels for policy changes that will improve snakebite prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

Through our advocacy and awareness-raising, we contributed to getting snakebite envenoming onto the World Health Organization’s (WHO) priority list of neglected tropical diseases in 2017, and to ensuring that the 71st World Health Assembly passed a Resolution on Snakebite Envenoming in 2018. This Resolution is crucial for ensuring that the WHO and its Member States continue to take further immediate action to reduce and control the snakebite burden, but funding by global health donors is urgently needed.

It is also imperative that politicians at a national level in snakebite-affected countries establish a national snakebite strategy. Therefore, as a part of our HAI Snakebite Programme, we equip civil society in snakebite endemic countries with evidence-based advocacy tools to press for greater action on snakebite.

OPINION-EDITORIAL ON THE LANCET GLOBAL HEALTH BLOG: WHO Has Added Snakebite to the NTD List: These Things Need to Happen Next

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PREVIOUS EVENT: Health Action International and the Global Snakebite Initiative worked with the Government of Costa Rica to coordinate the first-ever Member State side event on snakebite at the 69th World Health Assembly.