In rural parts of Africa, tropical snakebite kills 32,000 people annually. Victims typically live in poverty in disadvantaged rural communities that are far away from effective healthcare. The tragedy is that, once bitten, victims require immediate medical treatment but this is too often unavailable and unaffordable leaving over 90,000 people with devastating and debilitating disfigurement. Effective and rapid first-aid treatment combined with quick transportation to hospital is essential.
LSTM is one of Liverpool’s great institutions. We are proud to be the oldest organisation in the world dedicated to research and education in tropical medicine; we have a history of achievement that is underpinned by charitable support. Remembering us in your will is a simple gesture that makes a big impact on our research and work in saving lives.
Donations to LSTM can provide life-changing opportunities; both for the students receiving our scholarships, and the communities they make a difference in after graduating. Last year more than £1m was received to support scholarships at LSTM, enabling us to offer support to 55 students on a range of courses.
The new Director’s Catalyst Fund was launched in 2016 with the support of donations, and aims to support early stage projects and innovation for early career researchers. This is often the key to supporting applications for securing highly competitive external funding.