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Snakebite: The World's Ignored Health Crisis

The following short contains scenes from the upcoming documentary "Minutes to Die, Snakebite: The World's Ignored Health Crisis"

Throughout the tropics, 125,000 people die each year from snakebite, with two to three times that number losing limbs, or suffering from long-term wound care and permanent disfigurement. Affecting mostly the rural poor, snakebite is considered to be one of the most neglected of all neglected tropical diseases.

The following footage, filmed in seven countries, is part of a larger documentary currently in final production, due for release in late early summer 2017. For more information on the film, visit

For more information on snakebite, visit

Scenes from upcoming documentatry by Lilian Lincoln Foundation, Global Snakebite Initiative and Health Action International.

David Williams interviews Professor David Warrell on the problem of snakebite in Africa

Snakebite in Sub-Saharan Africa

Following the 8th Bio-Ken Snakebite Seminar held in Watamu on 10 November 2012, David Williams of the Global Snakebite Initiative (among other organisations) interviews Professor Warrell of Oxford University.

David Warrell is a Professor of Tropical Medicine at Oxford University, a world expert on snakebite, and we are lucky enough at The James Ashe Antivenom Trust to have him as a Trustee.

Thanks to Mr. Williams and Professor Warrell for sharing with us.



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.

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