ZERO DEATH FROM SNAKEBITES IN NEPAL

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Snakebites in Nepal is one of the deadliest but the most neglected health problem here as it mostly affects the poorest of the rural populations.

The World Health Organization estimates there are over 40000 snakes bite cases every year in Nepal out of which over a 1000 result in deaths. These are very conservative estimates as many cases of bites and deaths go unreported. Many who die from snakebites are women and children.

OUR WORK IN PREVENTING SNAKEBITE DEATHS IN NEPAL

The most effective way of dealing with snakebites is to create awareness among the people.Using Public Engagement methods, our target is to reduce snakebite incidences while at the same time cut death rates from snake bite to ZERO. It is an ambitious target but if we reach every community living with snakes, it is a possibility.

Snakes do not set out to bite people but do so if they feel threatened. If we can adapt certain changes to our lifestyles it is possible to avoid or minimize incidences of snakebites altogether.

1.OUTREACH FILM

We have developed a film which we take out to the community. The film uses real life case studies and scenarios to talk about snakebites. We use trained facilitators during these screenings and hold discussions with the audiences after such screenings.

Talking abut snake behavior

2.COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

We go to the communities to talk about snake species and snake behavior. During these sessions we discuss the various venomous and non-venomous snakes found in their area. We discuss with them the best practices to keep snakes away from their homesteads and the do’s and don’ts in cases of snakebites.

Discussing snakebites.

Open air exhibition on snakebite vulnerabilities.

Screenin a film on snakebites at a village square

Discussing snakebites with school children.

3.INTERACTIVE PHOTO STORIES

We display photographs of snakes and photographs of risky human behavior and gather people to tell their own snake stories. After the stories are told the gathered crowd have an opportunity to ask their questions to the storyteller and provide suggestions.

A 14 year old snakebite victim.

School children learning how to stay safe from snakebites.

Bitten 3 times by a cobra.

A film screening on snakebites.

4.MOTORBIKE AMBULANCE CLUB

In most rural villages, motorbikes are the only available modes of transportation. It is the main way of taking snakebite victims to medical facilities for anti venom treatment. We form motorbike clubs in these locations in order that snakebite victims reach treatment centers in time in the case of a bite.

SUPPORT US:

Awareness on snakebite can save thousands of lives every year. Support us in our cause of bringing snakebite deaths to zero.

Donate by sending your contribution to the following account.
A/c Name: Media For Development
A/c No: 02902050250986
Bank: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Dhumbarahi, Kathmandu, Nepal
SWIFT CODE: NIBLNPKT

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