Saving Life and Limb from Snake-bite
Emergency Snake Bite Number +254 729 403 599 / 707 577 748
EAVS is a research centre, which deals with reptiles, especially snakes and snake-bite. Located in Watamu - Kenya, it houses the largest collection of Snakes in East Africa and is open to the public.
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 nor dangerous.
The World Health Organization (WHO) lists snake-bite as a neglected tropical disease.
According to WHO, an estimated 5.4 million people are bitten each year with up to 2.7 million envenoming. The film ‘Minutes To Die’ indicated that 125,000 people die from snake bites every year and 20,000 of those deaths are in Africa with 1,000 deaths in Kenya. Many more are maimed for life.
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James Ashe Antivenom Trust
SAVING LIFE AND LIMB FROM SNAKEBITE
The James Ashe Antivenom Trust (JAAT) is a charitable trust registered in Kenya on 20th Setember 2004. It's main purposes are:
To facilitate access to suitable antivenom for snakebite patients in danger
To engage with and educate communities about snakebite prevention, first aid, treatment-seeking behaviour and the urgent need for medical care.
To advise medical staff on early treatment of severe envenoming and familiarise them with the venomous snakes in their area.
To collect data on snakebites & other venomous bites/stings to demonstrate areas with the greatest need of antivenom.
To be bitten by a poisonous snake is everyone’s worst nightmare. In Africa this happens to people quite regularly especially to those in the rural communities. The primary objective of the James Ashe Antivenom Trust (JAAT) is to reduce the number of deaths and maiming caused by those many snakebites.
“Anti-venom is like the Texan’s gun. He doesn’t need it often, but when he needs it, he needs it real bad.” James Ashe
Sanda Ashe founded the James Ashe Antivenom Trust, named after her late husband, the renowned James Ashe. Sanda and Royan Taylor built JAAT into the invaluable organistion it is today, these three exceptional and wonderful people are missed every day, and their efforts in helping snakebite victims is immeasurable.