African Snakebite Alliance

Alliance Overview

The legacy of neglect for snakebite is clear with up to one-third of the annual global snakebite deaths occuring in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

This neglect includes the uncounted deaths and severe and permanent morbidity caused by these bites. The 2019 WHO roadmap has a clearly stated goal of halving snakebite deaths and disability worldwide by 2030. However, achieving that goal is considerably hampered by the lack of high-quality research evidence to inform policy and practice.

The African Snakebite Alliances aims to address this in the coming years.

What is Snakebite Envenoming?

Snakebite Envenoming is a Neglected Tropical Disease, as classified by the World Health Organization, kills between 81,000 and 138,000 people annually. These individuals more often than not reside in some of the move disadvantaged subsistence rural farming communities across Africa and Asia.

In addition to the mortality caused by snakebite annually a further 400,000 surviving victims are left with permanent physical disabilities and disfigurements as a result of the bite. These individuals are often the most economically important and educationally vulnerable 10-30 year olds, that suffer disproportionally high rates of snakebite mortality and morbidity. Snakebite is therefore both a consequence and cause of tropical poverty.

Our Aim and Objectives

Aim: To improve health outcomes for people affected by snakebite envenoming by addressing evidence gaps in policy and practice in Africa.

This bold and innovative approach will transform the snakebite field by linking the international scientific community with local policy and community actors in an Alliance that is anchored in Africa. This co-ordinated approach is crucial for ensuring that the WHO goal of reducing morbidity and mortality will succeed.


Work Package 1: Undertaking High-Quality Research

Work Package 2: Transitioning Research into Policy and Practice

Work Package 3: Supporting Capacity Building Activities

PhD Positions 

The Alliance has three PhD positions which will be opening in the coming months.

Small Grants

The Alliance will have a series of small grants focusing on key research priorities in snakebite. These will include ones for £50K and £100k.

Alliance Publications

Recent Media and News Coverage


 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM)

Kenyan Institute of Primare Research (KIPRE) - Kenya

University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) - Rwanda

Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) - Ghana

Eswatini Antivenom Foundation (EAF) - Eswatini

Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) - Rwanda

Our Funders

Wellcome Trust

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