ADN’s Special Session on International Snakebite Awareness Day: Challenges and Opportunities to Reduce Avoidable Snakebite Deaths in Odisha/ India
On the International Snakebite Awareness Day (ISBAD), 19 September 2022, the ADN India Hub planned to hold a Special Session in Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India. However, the University of Leicester and Avoidable Deaths Network joined the nation in mourning the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The Special Session on International Snakebite Awareness Day: Challenges and Opportunities to Reduce Avoidable Snakebite Deaths in Odisha/ India has been rescheduled. This event will now take place on Friday 30 September at the same time.
This Special Session will focus on the burden of snakebites, prevention measures to avoid snakebite deaths, and the future of snakes and avoidable snakebite deaths in the context of climate change and climate-related natural hazards in India.
The Special Session is facilitated by the ADN India Hub lead, Mr. Dillip Pattanaik, the Executive Director of Orissa State Volunteers Social Worker’s Association (OSVSWA). The expert panel consists of representatives/scientists and practitioners from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), Demow Rural Community Health Centre, Aaranyak, Snake Helpline, ADN’s Junior and Future Leaders – among others. Session moderators will include Mr. Mihir Bhatt, Director of the All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI); Dr. Ambika Prasad Nanda, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of Tata Steel; and ADN Presidents Dr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett and Dr. Hideyuki Shiroshita.
The Special Session will be delivered in a hybrid format on Friday 30 September, Monday at 18:00 – 20:00 (IST), 13:30 – 15:30 (BST). Participants can attend the Special Session via Zoom or in person at the ADN Hub India in Bhubaneswar. Registration is required for both platforms.
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Event Hashtags: #ISBAD #Snakebite22 #Snakebite
For more information on this Special Session, please read our concept note via the link below:
|Duration (minutes)||Session Title||Speaker|
|15||Special Session digital platform login on Zoom & Gathering of panellists/speakers in Bhubaneswar and Virtually|
|10||Housekeeping and Welcome Speech||Mr Dillip Pattanaik (OSVSWA)|
|10||Introducing ADN and Avoidable Snakebite Deaths in Odisha||Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett|
|3||Poll||Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita|
|10||A novel model in snake bite management from a rural community health centre of Assam, North East India: Impact on morbidity and mortality||Dr Surajit Giri (Demow Rural Community Health Centre/ Aaranyak)|
|10||Reducing the burden of snakebite deaths in Odisha: AIIMS approach through science and social science methods||Dr Sudipta Ranjan Singh (AIIMS-Bhubaneswar)|
|10||Five ways to prevent snakebites in Odisha: ICMR’s approach||Dr Amarendra Mohapatra & Dr Subrat Palo (ICMR-RC)|
|10||Traditional healing practices for snakebites in Saharia tribe of Madhya Pradesh, India||Dr Nishant Saxena (ICMR-NIRTH, Jabalpur)|
|10||Voices from the frontline||Mr Subhendu Mallik (Snake Helpline)|
|10||Snakes in Odisha/India: The future of snakes in climate change (Endnote Speaker)||Dr Pratyush Mohapatra (ZSI)|
|5||Causes and circumstances of snakebite deaths in Ganjam district in Odisha||Ms Nimisha Goswami (ADN: Future Leader & University of Leicester)|
|5||The role of risk governance in reducing snakebite deaths in Odisha||Navneet Yadav (ADN: Future Leader & Doers)|
|10||Wrapping up||Mr Mihir Bhatt (face-to-face)|
|10||Q&A||Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett (virtual) & Mr Mihir Bhatt (face-to-face)|
|3||Poll||Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita (virtual)|
|5||Closing Ceremony||Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita (virtual) & Mr Dillip Pattanaik & Dr Ambika Prasad Nanda (face-to-face)|
Dr. Amarendra Mohapatra – Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
Dr. Mahapatra is a Medical Anthropologist within the Head Epidemiology Division at the Indian Council of Medical Research, Bhubaneswar. In addition to Snake Bite Epidemiology, Amarendra works in the field of Epidemiology of Tuberculosis, Malaria, Filariasis and Nutrition. His goal is to achieve the targets of the National Health Programmes at a faster rate in the interest of the State.
Dr. Subrat Kumar Palo – Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
Dr. Palo is a Scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research, Bhubaneswar. His areas of work include Epidemiology, Public Health, Maternal Health and Nutrition.
Dr. Nishant Saxena is a Scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research – National Institute of Research in Tribal Health, Jabalpur, India (ICMR-NIRTH Jabalpur). His present research focus is on connecting tribal traditional healer and their practices with the public health system in India. He is a Member of IUAES Commission on Medical Anthropology and Epidemiology and served as an Evaluator of NRDC National Awards 2019 and NRDC-TVDC Programme, 2021-22. Dr. Saxena has contributed on a range of issues of anthropological relevance through participation in academic discourse like conferences, seminars, etc. and through numerous publications in peer reviewed journals with notable ones being in the journal The Lancet (2020 & 2022).
Dr. Pratyush Mohapatra – Zoological Survey of India (ZSI)
Dr. Mohapatra currently works in Zoological Survey of India as Scientist-D at the Central Zone Regional Centre, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India. Dr Pratyush Mohapatra’s research focuses on Animal Communications, Ecology and Zoology.
Dr. Sudipta Ranjan Singh – All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS)
Dr Singh is an Additional Professor at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Bhubaneswar in the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology. Dr Singh’s research focuses on human-snake conflict, Forensic Toxicology, Pathological Autopsy, Cadaveric Organ Retrieval and Crime Scene Reconstruction and Death Investigation.
Dr Giri is a Consultant Anaesthesiologist with positions at the National Health Mission and Demow Rural Community Health Centre, India. Working towards a goal of zero deaths from snakebites in Assam, Dr Surajit Giri has treated 1,000 snakebite victims and promotes public awareness of snakebite management.
Mr. Subhendu Mallik – Snake Helpline
Mr. Mallik is the General Secretary at Snake Helpline, a voluntary organization of the state of Odisha in the field of snake rescue and rehabilitation. He is a Social Worker and Wildlife Activist.
Nimisha Goswami is as Public health specialist in the India liaison office of the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. Nimisha looks after various maternal health and gender-related projects in India and Africa. She also supports the Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) on global projects and events. With over 12 years of experience in public health, she has worked for organizations such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the American India Foundation and the Ministry of Health in India. She holds an MA in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK, Nimisha is pursuing her MSc in Risk Crisis and Disaster Management at the University of Leicester (UK).
Mr. Navneet Yadav – University of Leicester
Mr. Yadav is a Program Director at Doers and a National Consultant at GIZ India. He has over 15 years of work experience- mainly in the area of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and humanitarian response in the ecologically-fragile and socio-economically vulnerable Himalayan region of India. Funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK, Navneet is pursuing his MSc in Risk Crisis and Disaster Management at the University of Leicester (UK).
Chairs and Moderators
ADN Hub India:
Mr. Dillip Pattanaik – Orissa State Volunteers and Social Workers Association (OSVSWA)
Mr. Mihir Bhatt – All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI)
Dr. Ambika Prasad Nanda – Tata Steel
Dr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett – President, Avoidable Deaths Network
Dr. Hideyuki Shiroshita – President, Avoidable Deaths Network
Dr. Madhulika Sahoo – Editorial Manager, Avoidable Deaths Network