by Catherine Saez
Intellectual Property Watch, 30/01/2018
A resolution to address the issue of snakebites, mainly in developing countries, was met with undisputed approval last week at the World Health Organization Executive Board. The resolution requests that member states assess the burden of snakebite, improve the availability, accessibility, and affordability of antivenoms to populations at risk, and promote the transfer of knowledge and technology between member states to improve the global availability of antivenoms. With an estimated 81,000 to 138,000 deaths per year worldwide due to snakebites, and physical and psychological disability for close to 400,000 survivors of snake attacks, the time seemed ripe for the WHO to step in.