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Health Action International (HAI) advocates at local, national and global levels for policy changes that will improve snakebite prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. To do so, we have teamed up with the Global Snakebite Initiative. Our advocacy work includes conducting evidence-based advocacy, equipping civil society partners with advocacy tools so they can press for greater action on snakebite, and developing advocacy ‘champions’ (in Zambia) and multi-stakeholder platforms (in Kenya and Uganda).
In 2017, our advocacy and awareness-raising successfully contributed to getting snakebite envenoming onto the World Health Organization’s priority list of neglected tropical diseases. It also advanced the adoption of a Resolution on Snakebite Envenoming by the 71st World Health Assembly in 2018, which further compels the WHO and its Member States to take concerted action on snakebite. In 2019, a WHO-led global, strategic plan for control and prevention of snakebite, the so-called snakebite roadmap, was presented at the 72nd World Health Assembly.
ACTION PLAN FOR CHANGE: Preventing and Treating Snakebite in Resource-poor Settings
OPINION-EDITORIAL ON THE LANCET GLOBAL HEALTH BLOG: WHO Has Added Snakebite to the NTD List: These Things Need to Happen Next
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.