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Global Conversations - Minutes to Die: Snakebite a Global Health Crisis

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Centennial Complex - Damazo Amphitheater

24760 Stewart Street

Loma Linda, CA 92354

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FILM SCREENING | EXPERT PANEL | LIVE SNAKE EXHIBIT

The Loma Linda University Health Global Health Institute will host a Global Conversations seminar about the global snakebite health crisis on Thursday evening, Feb. 15, from 6 p.m. – 8:00 pm. The event will be held in the Centennial Complex, Damazo Amphitheater and will include a film screening of ‘Minutes to Die, Snakebite: The World’s Ignored Health Crisis,’ a panel discussion with snake venom researchers and experts and a live snake exhibit. There will be an opportunity immediately following the program for the first 30 registrants to tour the on-campus Earth and Biological Sciences Laboratory, which houses venomous snakes from around the world.

Panel Members:

  • Dr. Matthew Lewin, global leader in snake venom therapies, Assistant Professor at University of California, San Francisco

  • Dr. William Hayes, Professor of Biology, Loma Linda University

  • Dr. Brian Wolk, Emergency Medicine Physician, Loma Linda University Medical Center

Snakebite is the cause of death globally for more than 10,417 people each month — over 125,000 deaths a year. In addition, some 400,000 people each year will suffer from life-long health complications such as disfigured limbs or amputation. Victims are often shunned and marriage for young girls becomes unlikely. In virtually every snakebite endemic country, costs for treatment force families into years or a lifetime of debt to pay for medicines, hospital bills or long-term care.

Snakebite is a constant fear among global citizens in rural areas — farmers, children and homemakers — as interaction with venomous snakes are inevitable as snakes seek for food sources among crops and water inside thatched homes. In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) added snakebite to its list of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). WHO requires governments of snakebite-endemic countries to make snakebite a priority by providing their people with an available supply of quality, effective and affordable antivenom treatments.

Tickets are free to the event — but space is limited and pre-registration is required.

For additional information please call 909-558-9770 Ext. x49770 or email jsilva@llu.edu.


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