The 10th Bio-Ken International Snakebite Seminar
(21 Years of Snakebite Assistance and Education)
Day 1 - Saturday 5th November 2016
Turtle Bay Hotel Conference Room, Watamu.
09:00 Welcome and introduction by Royjan Taylor.
09:15 Official opening of meeting by Sanda Ashe (retired).
09:20 Dr. David Williams. CEO Global Snakebite Initiative, Head of Australian Venom Research Unit (University of Melbourne), Head of Charles Campbell Toxicology Centre (University of PNG).
Snakes and Snakebite in Sub-Saharan Africa.
10:05 10 Min – Questions.
10:15 Mrs. Diana Barr. Technical Support Officer, PNG Snakebite Project, University of Melbourne.
First Aid for Snakebite.
10:45 10 Min – Questions.
10:55 Coffee Break.
11:15 Dr. David Williams.
Snake Bites in Remote Areas.
12:15 15 Min – Questions.
12:30 Mr. Royjan Taylor. Director, Bio-Ken Snake Farm.
Practical Suggestions for Improving Snakebite Preparedness in Kenya.
13:00 10 Min – Questions.
13:10 1 hour 20 Mins - Lunch break.
14:30 Mrs. Diana Barr.
Community- based Snakebite Education and Prevention Strategies.
15:00 Dr. Eugene Erulu, Watamu Hospital.
Case Study on Green Mamba Bites.
15:30 Mr. Anthony Childs, Bio-Ken Snake Farm.
Scorpions of Kenya, what we know now.
16:00 Dr. David Williams.
WHO Guidelines for the Production Control and Regulation of Snake Antivenom Immunoglobulins: what it means to Improving Antivenom Supply in Sub-Saharan Africa.
16:45 Question & answer session covering the topics of the day.
18:00 End of day one.
DAY TWO – Sunday 6th November 2016
Turtle Bay Conference Room, Watamu.
09:00 Mrs. Diana Barr.
Challenges of Producing Snake Venoms for Antivenom Production: Is it Possible to Achieve GMP Standards?
09:30 Dr. David Williams.
International Collaboration for Global Change: Opportunities to Improve Snakebite Outcomes through research and Innovation.
10.00 Mr. Royjan Taylor.
Reptile Conservation in Africa.
10.30 Questions and Answer session.
11.00 Move to Bio-Ken Snake Farm for practical snake identification. This is your chance to learn to identify the snakes in your area and differentiate which ones are dangerous.
Bio-Ken Snake Farm
Bio-Ken’s work is twofold- firstly, the conservation of snakes through understanding and secondly, the battle against the incorrect treatment of venomous snakebite and promotion of simple and effective ways to successfully treat an envenomed patient.
Bio-Ken is a research centre, which deals primarily with snakes and snakebite. It houses the largest collection of snakes in East Africa and has become the centre of snakebite management and training of medics.
There are about 127 different snake species in Kenya. Of these only 18 have caused human fatalities and only another 6 could kill you. Another 10 could cause you a lot of pain and the remaining 93 or so are non-venomous or dangerous!
Bio-Ken focuses on the conservation of snakes. Through RCA and its flagship initiative “Saving Snakes” we promote safe removal and relocation of snakes that are unfortunate enough to get in the way of people. In Kenya this is a hard sell but through perseverance and persuasion we are making progress.
It is hoped that, through education and understanding, the fear of snakes can be reduced and the correct treatment of venomous snakebite can be carried out in as many places as possible. This is what we hope to achieve.