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Following the advice of the Dutch Government, Health Action International began working from home from mid-March 2020.
Since this time, the Snakebite project has adapted to the ‘new normal’ and continued to focus on ways to work toward minimising the suffering caused by snakebite envenoming by increasing community knowledge and use of effective snakebite prevention and first aid measures.
This is being done in multiple ways, through coordination and communication with partners in affected areas, to continuing to spread awareness of the impact of snakebite on a global stage. The emergence of COVID-19 has not diminished the prevalence of snakebite, and we remain committed to shining the light on this neglected tropical disease that is estimated to kill between 81,000–138,000 people each year, and leave 400,000 more with significant disabilities, such as amputated limbs and blindness.
Community measures to prevent snakebite during COVID-19
COVID-19 will stretch health systems in snakebite endemic regions to their limits. Prevention of this neglected tropical disease that kills and seriously injures countless numbers every year is more important now than ever. Learn about community measures to prevent snakebite.
How COVID-19 has shifted the Snakebite project
With a spotlight on Africa, Snakebite Project Manager, Ben Waldmann, discussed snakebite in the current and future COVID-19 context.
Every project within Health Action International has had to adapt over the last few months. Learn about the ways in which each of our projects, and the organisation as a whole, have shifted and responded to the ongoing pandemic that continues to impact access to medicines for everyone, everywhere.