In Kenya – A research centre is working to develop the first snake antivenom in East Africa and stop unnecessary deaths dead on its tracks.

It is estimated that between 15 and 25 people lose their lives every day to snake bites.

This coupled with a chronically underfunded health system with no antivenom in stock getting bitten is akin to a death sentence.

The Kenya Snakebite Research and Intervention Centre (KSRIC), is working to change all that.

More than 70,000 people are bitten by snakes in East Africa each year and out of this hundreds succumb to the venom.

In Kenya, it is estimated that between 15 and 25 people lose their lives every day to snake bites while more than 100 others have their limbs amputated, causing them permanent disability.

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