Snakebite in India

Themed collection on snakebite as a public health problem in India.

  1. Interventions for the management of snakebite envenoming: An overview of systematic reviews [PloS Neglected Tropical Diseases 2020] – research describing the evidence base of different treatment modalities for treatment of snakebite.
  2. Mental health conditions after snakebite: a scoping review [ BMJ Global Health 2020] – research detailing the high prevalence of depression and PTSD in several studies and the complete lack of studies to understand mental health conditions after snakebite.
  3. Action needed to tackle the venomous neglect of snakebite in India [Delhi Post 2019] – Blog discussing how policies and action on snakebite is not adequate to address burden
  4. The snake in the room: snakebite’s huge death toll demands a global response [BMJ 2018] – Despite huge mortality in countries such as India, governments are doing nowhere near enough. Would the World Health Assembly resolution change that ?
  5. WHO gears up to solve the world’s antivenom crisis [Chemistry World 2018] – Clinical trials are need to take on scourge of substandard, untested medicines
  6. Snakebite: India can have a key global role in addressing this health issue. [The News Minute 2018] -The recently-concluded 71st World Assembly passed a resolution to address the burden of snakebites. What can be India’s role?
  7. Snake Bite Envenomation – the Public Health Problem That Is Also a Silent Killer. [The Wire 2018] – Over 46,000 people die of snake bites annually. Many more face long-term health effects and even social stigma, leading to immense social and economic loss.
  8. Quality of WHO guidelines on snakebite: the neglect continues [ BMJ Global Health 2018] -Guidelines are crucial pivot for action to decrease mortality and morbidity but the WHO guidelines on snakebite are of poor methodological quality, We call on the HWO to ensure development of evidence-based snakebite guidelines as is being done for other diseases.
  9. Problems with treating snake bite in India [Link BMJ 2016] –  An Indian model for managing snakebite needs developed. Much needs to be done for snakebite patients, who lack a political voice, and it should begin with accepting, not denying the problems.
  10. Clinical Toxinology and Snake Anti-Venoms in India: Julian White [2014] A Guest Op-Ed by Prof Julian White on clinical toxinology, issues with the snake anti-venom in India and the way forward.
  11. Perspective of different stakeholders in research priority setting for a public health problem in low and middle income nation {Presentation on Snakebite as a case study} [2014] An exemplar on how research priorities for different stakeholders might develop.
  12. Identifying Research Priorities and Setting Research Agenda in Clinical Toxinology with a Focus on Snake Envenomation {Presentation} [2014]. A keynote presentation prior to a panel discussion on a proposed ICMR funding call on snakebite
  13. Snakebite research in India—no longer so neglected [ BMJ Opinion 2014] – On a new funding call by ICMR on snakebite.
  14. India’s snakebite problem [Fountain Ink 2014] -Thousands of people die every year of snake bite—deaths that can be avoided if the issue got its due from public health policymakers. Lack of preparedness is systemic.
  15. Snakebite neglected, forgotten and victims abandoned: David A Warrell [ 2013] – An interview with world renowned Prof David A Warell , where he discusses various aspects of snakebite as a public health problem , issues with snake anti-venom and why more research is needed in this field.
  16. SSSSSSNAKES-India: National Snakebite Survey : Survey of Snake Species, Syndromes, Snake-bite outcomes, and anti-Snake venom requirements in Indian Sub-continent  [2013] Quick meeting notes.
  17. Snakebite: a forgotten problem [ BMJ – 2013] – India has the worst snakebite problem in the world, largely affecting poor people and children from rural communities. The lack of political voice might explain a lot.
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4 thoughts on “Snakebite in India

  1. Very well crafted website! One can visit this space and find quite a lot of scientific literature and other resources on an important public health problem in India – SNAKEBITE. Hope this problem will not be forgotten anymore as more and more people like Dr Soumyadeep Bhaumik, contribute immensely towards reducing the burden of this neglected tropical disease.

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