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19 September 2019: Today the Hamish Ogston Foundation has announced an exciting new programme to support the work of early career clinicians, research scientists, public health promoters, biologists and others working on snakebite problems in emerging and developing economies around the world. The 2020 Hamish Ogston Education Grants Programme (Snakebite) will be managed by the Global Snakebite Initiative, and we are pleased to open this application round …


Snakebite Awareness LogoSeptember 19th is International Snakebite Awareness Day. This is an opportunity to raise the profile of snakebite envenoming in communities throughout the world. This year the theme is ’empowering communities” – a specific call for increasing awareness of the right ways to prevent snakebites, minimize risks and and improve the first aid and primary care of snakebite victims to ensure they reach health facilities alive and have the best possible chance of a good outcome and quick return to normal life. To learn more follow us on Facebook and Twitter

The Global Burden of Snakebite from Lillian Lincoln Foundation on Vimeo.

Snakebite affects the lives of around 4.5 million people worldwide every year; seriously injuring 2.7 million men, women and children, and claiming some 125,000 lives.

Nigerian toddler bitten by a carpet viper (Echis ocellatus)

Globally the greatest burden is experienced in the tropical world; where many nations remain under-developed or suffer from poor governance, political and/or social, conflict, resource scarcity, high disease burdens, or food insecurity. Remarkably snakebite is not a disease without a treatment, but sadly many hundreds of thousands of victims go untreated every year. Snake antivenoms, which were first developed in the 1890’s, offer the potential to save many, many lives, but high costs, poor availability, and in some cases, poor quality products produced by unscrupulous manufacturer’s have eroded confidence in antivenom immunotherapy, and many governments simply put the problem in the too-hard basket.

The Global Snakebite Initiative is an internationally-active non-profit organisation, registered in Australia, and led by snakebite experts who are dedicated to improving access to good quality, robustly tested, safe, effective antivenoms in the world’s poorest communities. We hope you will join us in trying to improve the prevention, first aid and treatment of snakebites, and in bringing recognition to the rehabilitation needs of snakebite victims around the world.


9 December 2016. GSI issues position statement on the steps needed to effectively control snakebite envenoming in Sub-Saharan African, and globally. Download the statement here.