Eswatini Antivenom Foundation
Eswatini Anitvenom Foundation aims to raise funds to treat snake bite victims in Eswatini. Snakebites are a disease of circumstance and poverty.
The majority of snakebite victims are those who live in poor or rural communities.These bites often result in loss of life, a limb or even the ability to work because of a life-changing injury. Timely treatment with appropriate antivenom, along with modern medical care can prevent, reverse or at least minimise the major clinical aspects of snake envenoming. Sadly antivenoms are incredibly expensive when compared with the average income of the people most likely to require them.
Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland), located in Southern Africa, is especially affected by snakebites. An abundance of dangerous venomous snakes and a stretched medical budget can manifest into a serious snakebite problem.
Community engagement drives snakebite control in Eswatini
Eswatini has a largely rural population living close to venomous snakes that cause an estimated 200 – 400 cases of snakebite envenoming each year. Species such as the puff adder (Bitis arietans), Mozambique spitting cobra (Naja mossambica) and the much-feared black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) are responsible for most serious cases… Read More