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Prof. David Warrell snake-bite interviews

Posted in Snakebite Seminar, Snake-bite on Tuesday, 13 August 2013.

Prof. Warrell answers questions from David Williams on the problem of snakebite in the rural tropics and Sub Saharan Africa

Prof. David Warrell snake-bite interviews

David Williams of the Global Snakebite Initiative interviews Professor Warrell of Oxford University about a range of snakabite issues.

The first interview, filmed in November 2010 is on the problem of Snakebite in the rural tropics.
David Williams asks David Warrell to explain why snakebite is such a problem in the rural tropics and what the global community needs to do to improve the treatment and to prevent deaths and disabilities caused by snakebite.

'Worldwide, I would say that one hundred thousand deaths a year and perhaps two hundred thousand people left with permanent injury as a result of snakebite would be a modest estimate.' -Prof. Warrell, Nov 2010
'Snakebite is the most neglected of the neglected tropical diseases' Prof Warrell, Nov 2010 

oxford-uni-logoThe second interview filmed in November 2012 focusses on the problem os Snakebite in sub-Saharan Africa, the extent of the snakebite problem in Africa and why it is in such a dreadful state.

Professor Warrell gives answers to a range of Williams' questions including:

  • 'Why is antivenom so lacking in Africa?'
  • 'Why do we need to embark upon a project to create a new pan-African polyvalent antivenom that can treat all snakebites if there are already other products around?'
  • 'Describe the impact of a snakebite on a rural African family.'
'The ideal of a pan-African antivenom would be an antivenom that targeted and helped cured envenoming by the principal medical species in all parts of the continent, and modern scientific techniques should enable us to at least approach that ideal.' - Prof Warrell Nov 2012
gsi-logo'Snakebite can have a devastating effect not only for the victim of fatal envenoming, but also for the ones we think are lucky to survive, but they survive with very serious impairment.'- Prof Warrell Nov 2012
'We are talking about a burden of mortality, of death, and also an even larger burden of morbidity, or permanent socially unacceptable crippling deformity.' - Prof Warrell Nov 2012

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