Save Lives of Snakebite Victims in Rural India

by Tropical Institute of Ecological Sciences
Play Video
Save Lives of Snakebite Victims in Rural India
Save Lives of Snakebite Victims in Rural India
Save Lives of Snakebite Victims in Rural India
Save Lives of Snakebite Victims in Rural India
Save Lives of Snakebite Victims in Rural India
Save Lives of Snakebite Victims in Rural India
Save Lives of Snakebite Victims in Rural India
Save Lives of Snakebite Victims in Rural India
Save Lives of Snakebite Victims in Rural India

Summary

Snakebite kills 45,000 people annually in India - mostly simple village folk. Anjali Health Center (Pithora, Chhattisgarh) & Divya Chhaya Hospital (Subir, Gujarat) are very small primary level hospitals supporting over 6000 economically vulnerable tribal families. These hospitals treat more than 200 snakebite patients every year. TIES is providing them with adequate supplies of Anti Snake Venom (ASV), medical supplies for wound management, and snakebite management training for staff.

$7,500
total goal
$1,786
remaining
67
donors
0
monthly donors
2
years

Challenge

90% of rural India comprises tribal communities engaged in farming and fatal encounters with snakes are common. Local hospitals lack stock of ASV and/or personnel trained to handle snakebite cases. Lack of awareness about the medical consequences of envenomation also delays medical treatment. Lack of current data regarding snakes and snakebite occurrences makes this a low priority issue in administrative circles despite Million Death Study showing 45000 people die every year due to snakebite.

Solution

The project will provide hospitals with a regular flow of ASV, medical supplies, life-support equipment, trainings on snakebite treatment and snake identification. Snakebite treatment experts in major cities have made themselves available over phone 24x7 to consult on complicated cases. Awareness campaigns by snake rescuers in community spaces around Pithora and Subir will educate villagers on snake behavior, simple measures to prevent snakebite and proper First Aid practices in case of a bite.

Long-Term Impact

This project will save more than 100 lives every year in each of these two hospitals. 500 more lives will be impacted through awareness workshops and training sessions. The informal national level volunteer group responding to snake rescue calls has already mapped 5500 instances of human-snake conflict using a specially designed mobile app. Snakebite mapping is set to being in 2019. Data so generated will help clinicians and scientists understand snakebite dynamics across seasons and geography.

Resources

Organization Information

Tropical Institute of Ecological Sciences

Location: Kottayam, Kerala - India
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @InstituteTies
Project Leader:
Punnen Kurian
Kottayam, Kerala India
$5,714 raised of $7,500 goal
 
79 donations
$1,786 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Tropical Institute of Ecological Sciences has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.