UPCOMING BOOK ON SNAKES & FIRST AID IN SNAKEBITE IN ZAMBIA BY MARCEL VAN DRIEL.
Snakebites kill an estimate of between 81,000 and 138,000 people. In 2017, the World Health Organisation officially recognised snakebite as a “highest priority neglected tropical disease.” Worldwide, more than 5 milion people get bitten, of which about half need envenomation. In Zambia, just as in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, there are only estimates of the number of snakebite, due to under-reporting and many people never reaching a health facility after a snakebite.
The author, Marcel van Driel who can also be seen interacting with a Forest Cobra in this video, shares helpful insight in his forthcoming book “Snakes & First Aid in Snakebite in Zambia”. The book will be available in bookshops in the next few weeks. He is the national coordinator of Helping Hands in Snake Safety (HHiSS).
In his work, Marcel seeks to contribute to the reduction of the numbers of both human casualties from snakebites and snakes killed by humans.