International Snakebite Awareness Day

September 19th is International Snakebite Awareness Day (ISBAD). International Snakebite Awareness Day was initiated from 2018. ISBAD provides an opportunity to raise the awareness of one of the world’s biggest hidden neglected health crises ‘Snakebite’.

The International Snakebite Awareness Day call for increasing awareness of the right ways to prevent snake bites, minimize risks and and improve the first aid and primary care of snakebite victims.

Snakebite envenoming is a potentially life-threatening disease caused by toxins in the bite of a venomous snake. Envenoming can also be caused by having venom sprayed into the eyes by certain species of snakes that have the ability to spit venom as a defence measure. In 2017 the WHO added snakebite to its list of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).

High-risk groups include rural agricultural workers, herders, fishermen, hunters, working children, people living in poorly constructed houses and those with limited access to education and healthcare. Morbidity and mortality occur most frequently among young people and children suffer higher case fatality. Furthermore, women experience increased barriers to accessing medical care in some cultures and pregnant women are extremely vulnerable.

Bites or sprayed venom from venomous snakes can cause a range of acute and serious medical emergencies. Envenoming from different types of snakes can cause different symptoms, some more serious than others. This makes the preparation of correct antivenoms an ongoing problem. Envenoming can cause severe paralysis that may prevent breathing, making immediate medical attention critical. People may also experience bleeding disorders that can lead to fatal haemorrhages or irreversible kidney failure. Severe local tissue destruction may also occur, which can lead to permanent disability and even limb amputation. Children are at higher risk of severe effects due to lower body mass than adults.

Most deaths and serious consequences from snake bites are entirely preventable by making safe and effective antivenoms more widely available and accessible, particularly in high-risk areas. High quality snake antivenoms are the only effective treatment to prevent or reverse most of the venomous effects of snake bites.

FATSAL is a training provider and also offers snakebite first aid training courses.

Snakebite (First Aid &) Management Training changes the attitude of the people in management of snake bite victims and is one of the effective ways in decreasing mortality. FATSAL can help organizations plan a campaigning about the proper first aid training for snakebite cases to improve the awareness level of workers, responders, and emergency teams.

FATSAL is the training company who believes on quality of education and emphasize more and more on practicals during their trainings. We have training equipments, supplies and share a conducive atmosphere with our trainees to help them learn and provide them a proven “seeing, hearing, doing, speaking, feeling” approach during our trainings.

We have comprehensive snakebite first aid kits for Snakebite First Aid & Management Training which gives a real hand experience.


Personal Training Course:

This course is for individuals who somehow can’t manage to attend our regular training courses and want in-house personal training course. For bookings this below mentioned contact details.

Corporate/Group Training Solutions:

If you have delegates with similar training needs, FATSAL can also offer cost-effective in-house and/or onsite bespoke training solutions. For Corporate Training Solutions and to share your training requirements do contact us:         /         0092 345 5656307


About Faisal Javed Mir

Faisal Javed Mir is Occupational Health and Safety Professional, having 15+ years of profound experience in training and consultancy. He has knowledge, skills, experience, tools, proven history and confidence to deliver what is required by the valued clients. He is teaching First Aid since 2006 and certified by MEDIC First Aid International of United States for many first aid certification programs. He is the only Instructor-Trainer by MEDIC First Aid and American Health and Safety Institute (ASHI) in Pakistan.
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