Worldwide Snakebites

We are an international team of clinicians and scientists on a mission to reverse the cycle of tragic snakebite outcomes through a combination of innovative research, clinical medicine, and education-based public health initiatives.

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Snakebites kill or maim over 600,000 people worldwide every year in the developing world. Many of these tragic outcomes could be averted with effective antivenom use, yet it is estimated that less than 5% of patients receive lifesaving antivenom treatment. In order to address this crisis we created the Asclepius Snakebite Foundation, an international non-profit foundation led by many of the world experts in snakebite medicine. Our mission is to reverse the vicious circle of tragic snakebite outcomes through a combination of innovative research, clinical medicine, and education-based public health initiatives. Help us lead the way as we fight to save the lives and limbs of snakebite patients around the world.


One of our patients in West Africa before and after treatment with antivenom. He made a full recovery and went home with a smile and a new pair of shoes we purchased for him. This is why we are so passionate about what we do and also why we need your support.

Why should you care about the snakebite crisis?

The photos above show Madjidou, a 7 year old boy who was bitten by a deadly carpet viper in northern Benin while herding his father's cattle, before and after antivenom treatment. It cost less than $200 for us to save Madjidou's life. This is the power of antivenom, and it is cases like this that inspire us to take on this challenge. 

What is the vicious Circle of Snakebite?

Snakebite in the developing world is complicated by a vicious circle of failures that lead to tragic outcomes for patients and place a heavy burden on surviving family members that can persist for several generations. Take a look at the video below from our partner organization the African Society of Venimologie to learn more about the story behind the snakebite crisis and how we can address it. 

Antivenom saves lives, but 95% of patients never receive it

our goal is to change that

What does the asclepius snakebite foundation do?


We are not your average charity. Click the link below to learn more about the exciting work our foundation is doing to effect real change in areas with the greatest burden of snakebite. 

donate to the asclepius snakebite foundation

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Snakebite is a global health crisis and every donation, no matter how large or small, helps us make a difference. ASF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your support!


the asclepius snakebite foundation team 


We have assembled an all-star team of experts in snakebite, clinical research, tropical medicine, herpetology, antivenom, venom biochemistry, public health, epidemiology, and education. 

Snakebite is a neglected tropical disease

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The snakebite crisis is a complex public health problem characterized by a vicious cycle of self-perpetuating tragedy. Learn more about the problem and how to address it at the link below.  

Free resources for medical professionals

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We have a created a series of snakebite resources for medical professionals to download and print free of charge. These include clinical algorithms, posters, assessment guidelines, instructions for a simple field blood test, antivenom information and much more! 

Current projects

We take a multidisciplinary approach to the snakebite crisis and are involved in a number of exciting and innovative projects.  

Get in touch with someone from the foundation


Interested in getting involved and supporting our work, or just have a burning unanswered question? We want to hear from you!

Asclepius Snakebite Foundation in action

Curious about who Asclepius is and why we named our foundation after him?