Large Funding for Snakebites Research in UK
The Wellcome Trust Charity in London has announced a major funding of 80 million pounds for anti-venom research to treat snakebites. Snakebites cause large number of deaths estimated at 138,000 a year in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.About four lakh victims suffer major disabilities. The Wellcome Trust Charity announcement comes a little ahead of the WHO snakebite strategy annoucement to be made on 23rd May which aims to halve the death and disabilities due to snake bite by 2030. There are about 250 species of venomous snakes. They produce a cocktail of toxins that needs to be treated with a specific antivenom. Snake bites cause a huge burden on the health care sector and is among 20 neglected tropical diseases tracked by World Health Organisation.