The main interventions implemented through the snakebite project:
1. Generated evidence on snakebite incidence, community perspectives, healthcare
worker knowledge levels, cultural barriers to effective treatment and the socio-economic consequences of snakebites.
2. Ensure effective treatment interventions by training healthcare workers on care,
management and treatment of snakebites from Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, Kakamega,
West Pokot, Kajiado, Taita-Taveta, Kwale and Kilifi.
3. Empower communities through sensitization and education on snakebite prevention measures and first aid measures.
4. Dissemination of prevention and first aid posters to health facilities in the 8 counties.
5. Community engagement forums to sensitize of over 200 community members and community health workers on prevention and first aid measures.
In 2022, we successfully launched our flagship addition, the Snakebite School Program. As part of this initiative, we developed a prevention comic book specifically designed for school children aged 7 years and older. To ensure its effectiveness, we conducted a validation process involving over 200 school children from Kajiado West Sub County, as well as 25 healthcare workers, including clinical officers and public health officers, from three different counties.
The feedback and comments received during the validation process were carefully considered and incorporated into the final version of the comic book. The response to the comic book has been overwhelmingly positive, with it being well-received by the target audience.
This project provided us with a unique opportunity to adopt a multisectoral approach by collaborating with both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education. Working closely with these government bodies allowed us to successfully roll out the Snakebite School Program and ensure its integration into the education system.
By engaging with schools, children, and healthcare workers, we are confident that this initiative will contribute significantly to raising awareness about snakebite prevention among school children. Through our collaboration with key stakeholders, we aim to reduce the incidence of snakebites and promote prompt and appropriate treatment in affected communities.