Session Detail

Session Number: 2
Session Title: Snakebite Envenomation: From Global Awareness to Best Practice Implementation
Session Type: Symposium
Session Start/End Time: Monday, Dec 05, 2011, 8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Location: Marriott - Grand Ballroom Salons AB
Session Description: Although it is eminently curable, snakebite envenomation is one of the most neglected and underreported diseases of the 21st century. The World Health Organization estimates that up to five million people suffer snakebites every year, resulting in 300,000 cases of permanent disability and at least 100,000 deaths. However, a recent nationwide community-based study of snakebite envenomation reported about 700,000 bites and at least 6000 deaths per year in Bangladesh alone. Comparable incidence figures from smaller studies in other countries suggest that underreporting may be equally severe elsewhere. While awareness of the magnitude of this global public health problem and its social and economic implications has gradually risen in recent years, this has not generally been transformed into better access to care for the populations at risk. In addition, important knowledge gaps have remained in the diagnosis and treatment of snakebite envenomation. Also, the quality, availability, affordability and distribution of snake venom immunoglobulins, although recognized as essential drugs, are yet to improve. This symposium will review the epidemiology, clinical syndromes and best-practice treatment of snakebite envenomation in the American, African and Asia-Pacific regions. It will discuss the particular challenges of treating such complex conditions in resource-poor and remote settings of the rural tropics, successful clinical management models that have arisen from such situations, and the latest research developments and technological improvements on the road to better and more affordable specific treatment. Finally, the symposium will discuss possible ways to streamline and accelerate the processes and partnerships that are required to improve the access to care for this globally neglected disease of poverty.
Symposium Organizer
M. Abul Faiz
Sir Salimullah Medical College, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Ulrich Kuch
Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Frankfurt am Main, Germany

12/5/2011 8:00:00 AM
The treatment of snakebite envenomation: success stories, challenges and future directions for research
David A. Warrell
University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

12/5/2011 8:30:00 AM
Snakebite envenomation in South Asia: epidemiology and experiences from a decade of empowering paramedics
Sanjib K. Sharma
B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

12/5/2011 8:55:00 AM
Snakebite envenomation in West Africa: providing treatment in a rural savanna setting
Abdulrazzaq G. Habib
Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria

12/5/2011 9:20:00 AM
Access to specific treatment for snakebite envenomation: straightening the road ahead
José M. Gutiérrez
Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica


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