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An extensive community-based study of snakebites piggy-backs on the demographic survey conducted by the BOHEMIA project, to fill data gaps on the neglected tropical disease’s burden in Mopeia district.

A new study estimates that snakebites resulted in theloss of 3,000 productive days of work and school in the Mopeia district, causing a median financial setback of 17 USD for each affected household, in a district where 80% live with less than 2.15 USD a day. This is almost five times the cost of contracting uncomplicated malaria.

The study, published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, is one of the largest community-based studies of snakebites to date. Nested within the demographic survey conducted by the Manhiça Health Research Center (CISM) as part of the ISGlobal-led BOHEMIA project, the study reported close to 400 snakebites per 100,000 person-years at risk, impacting 2% of households in the preceding year.

Read the full story on the ISGlobal website.