Cost-Effectiveness of Antivenoms for Snakebite Envenoming in 16 Countries in West Africa

by Muhammad Hamza, Maryam A. Idris, Musa B. Maiyaki et al.
PLoS Negl Trop Dis 10(3): e0004568 (30 March 2016)

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Snakebite poisoning is a significant medical problem in agricultural societies in Sub Saharan Africa. Antivenom (AV) is the standard treatment, and the authors assessed the cost-effectiveness of making it available in 16 countries in West Africa. The authors conclude that therapy for snakebite envenoming with AV in countries of West Africa is highly cost-effective at commonly accepted thresholds. Broadening access to effective AVs in rural communities in West Africa is a priority.

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