The Wellcome Trust funded retreat is entitled: Mechanism to reverse the public health neglect of tropical snakebite victims, and takes place over two days next week (22nd and 23rd September). It aims to identify and initiate mechanisms to substantially reduce the high rates of death and disability currently suffered by tropical snakebite victims by combining the knowledge, experience and commitment of physicians, scientists and non-academics working on tropical snakebite with the fiscal, political and advocacy power of representatives from funding agencies, tropical Governments, International Health Agencies and medical charities.
Four objectives have been set for those participating in the retreat:
- Identify new research, and public health collaborative mechanisms through which we can substantially reduce snakebite mortality and morbidity.
- Identify options for funding these new collaborative initiatives.
- Identify means by which we can get snakebite issues included as priorities for International Health Agencies – as a minimum to persuade the 2016 WHO assembly to re-instate snakebite as a WHO priority NTD.
- Prepare ‘position papers’ for publication in journals whose readership includes policy makers in tropical Governments and International Health agencies, and the snakebite community.
Participation by invite only