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 envenomings. 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.
Unfortunately one of the very rare, but possible, realities of living in rural Kenya is the chance of being bitten by a poisonous snake. Fortunately very few visitors ever experience this, but the local people who work in the orchards, plucking fruit from trees and digging in the fields, are not so fortunate. Most of these people cannot afford the very high costs of Antivenom, which is the only proven cure for a venomous snakebite.
James Ashe, a world authority on African snakes and snakebite, who founded Bio-Ken Snake Farm in 1980, started a crusade many years ago to help people in desperate need of Antivenom. He very often gave from his own Snake Farm emergency antivenom stock, regularly at no cost to those who could not afford to pay for it.
James unfortunately passed away in September 2004 and in memory of his great, and much needed, work in this area, a trust was formed to continue this trend. Donations to the James Ashe Antivenom Trust enable JAAT to facilitate free access to effective African antivenoms to those who cannot afford it, and in situations where no safe, effective product is available. The Trust can also provide assistance and advice to others who are concerned about access to antivenom (for humans or their animals).
Recently the Trust has also undertaken several education schemes to educate the public on how to avoid these encounters, correct first aid procedures and up to date treatment of snakebite.
If you are in need of advice regarding a snakebite, require antivenom or wish to make a contribution to the Trust please contact one of the Trustees on or +254 729 403599. The trust is situated at Bio-Ken Snake Farm.
Further information can be found on the Bio-Ken website.
“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
SIMPLE STEPS to Assist a Snake-bite Patient
Click on the image or here to download a PDF doc of Simple Steps to Assist a Snakebite Patient
A very useful document to print out and take on safari, display on a board or include in a medical kit.
It may help save a life.
Click here to download Simple Steps in Swahili, Maelezo Mafupi Kuhusu Nyoka
Primary Medical Care of Snake-bites
Click on the image or here to download a PDF document of Primary Medical Care of Snake-bites.
A useful snakebite reference for health care professionals.
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.