Basic Health

Towards better health care for snakebite envenoming in Vietnam

Organisation: Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine
Partner country: Vietnam
Partner organisation in partner country: Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Hue, Central Vietnam

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Snakebite envenoming is a neglected health problem in Vietnam and particularly affects the usually poor rural population. Data on incidence of snakebite envenoming and the responsible snake species in different regions are largely missing. Antivenom, the essential drug for treatment is often not available and knowledge of medical staff about management of snakebite envenoming is insufficient. As part of the project, a nationwide study on frequency of snakebites is being carried out and will provide important data from hospital statistics. Guidelines for management of snakebite envenoming will be developed and medical staff will be trained accordingly.

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