Snakebite Deaths Are Avoidable: Awareness Raising Webinar for The Art of Living Volunteers


This closed Special Session webinar was facilitated by Col. Sanjay Srivastava (ADN Advisory Board Member) and the Art of Living took place on 17 January 2024 at 10:00 IST. This webinar focused on educating the Art of Living community on how they can contribute to reducing the burden of avoidable snakebite deaths in India.


Session TitleSpeaker
Welcome AddressDr. Hideyuki Shiroshita  (ADN-Japan)
The burden of snakebite incidents and deaths in India: Hard factsDr. Amarendra Mohapatra (ICMR-RMRC)
Introduction to medically significant snakes of IndiaDr. Pratyush Mohapatra (ZSI)
Why snakebite deaths are avoidable deaths: Introduction to the concept of avoidable deathsDr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett (ADN-UK)
What can you do not to get bitten by a snake? A few top tips from ICMRDr. Amarendra Mohapatra (ICMR-RMRC)
Debunking myths and misconception about snakes: Findings from ADN’s Avoidable Snakebite Deaths ProjectDr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett (ADN-UK) and Dr. Stephen Samuel (Ophirex, Inc).
ADN’s effort to reduce avoidable snakebite deaths through CaSA and how you can help us.Ms. Lauren MacLeod
Q&ACol. Sanjay Srivastava (CROPC)
Post-PollMs. Lauren MacLeod (ADN-India)
Concluding Remarks and How the Art of Living can contribute to reduce the burden of avoidable snakebite deathsDr. Nibedita Ray-Bennet (ADN-UK), Col. Sanjay Srivastava (CROPC) and Dr. Amarendra Mohapatra (ICMR-RMRC)


Col. Sanjay Srivastava

Chairman of the Climate Resilient Observing-Systems Promotion Council (CROPC). Professor of Practice at the TERI School of Advanced Studies. Disaster and Climate Risk Management Expert within Government of India in New Delhi.

Dr. Amarendra Mohapatra

Scientist G and Head of Epidemiology at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) in Odisha.

Dr. Pratyush Mohapatra

Scientist-E and Officer-in-Charge at the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI).

Dr. Hideyuki Shiroshita

Associate Professor in Disaster Mitigation and Safety Education at Kansai University’s Graduate School of Societal Safety Sciences in Japan. Co-Founding President of the Avoidable Deaths Network.

Dr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett

Associate Professor in Risk Management at the University of Leicester’s School of Business. Co-Founding President and Convenor of the Avoidable Deaths Network.

Dr. Stephen Samuel

Senior Vice President of Clinical Medicine at Ophirex, Inc. A visiting Physician Scientist with collaborator institutions in India specialising in treating snakebite victims, and education and awareness programs to mitigate snakebite deaths. 

Ms. Lauren MacLeod

Activity Coordinator and Volunteer at the Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) India Hub and Orissa State Volunteers and Social Workers Association (OSVSWA).


The session was attended by 131 participants from the Art of Living, including the at-risk community of farmers.


1‘Thank you, Nibedita mam,…. For your wonderful information . Thank you all of you for your golden time for us’.MH Prashant Lahase
2‘Very useful and informative session, thank you all’AP Sunil Konjeti
3‘Thank you for arranging this session’RJ Manpreet Heer
4‘Thanks everybody, very informative’KA Bharathi Surendranath
5‘Thanks all very good and informative’PB Yogesh Khurana