My name is MuKasa Emmanuel

Am a conservation educator,herpertologist and snake handling trainer in Uganda for the last 21 years
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Snakebites in Uganda are a neglected tropical disease but with the efforts of herp fauna foundation conservation education is helping to torn down the gaps so if there is anyone will to collaborate in this area we will be glad

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Go to the profile of Lara Reden
about 1 month ago

Welcome to WildHub, @MuKasa Emmanuel. Could you share more about the challenges surrounding snakebite treatment and current measures being taken to improve the situation?

Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
about 1 month ago

A warm welcome to WildHub, Emmanuel! Wonderful to have you join us and thanks for sharing about your background and organisation. 

There are several snake conservation experts in WildHub who you may be interested in connecting with such as @Rezoana Arefine and @Hiral Naik, some have published some of their lessons learned, such as @Shaleen Attre who published "Living with snakes: strengthening co-existence amid life and death", @Romulus Whitaker who shared an update on his work with snakes in India last year and @Loretta Andrade shared about Indian Snakes app here. If you enter "snake" in the above search bar, you may also come across members who are working with snakes in your geographical area, such as @Doreen Beatrice Kakai and @Stephen Ssemwaka

I would recommend having a look at our upcoming WildHub socials (information here ) - it's a great way of sharing knowledge and getting to know each other in our WildHub community. The next one is this Wed 24th April at 12.15PM and 4PM GMT+1. 

Go to the profile of Rezoana Arefine
about 1 month ago

Thank you Thirza for mentioning❤️

Go to the profile of Rezoana Arefine
about 1 month ago

Heartiest welcome Emmanuel. Glad to learn about you. I would like to learn about your work. 

Go to the profile of MuKasa Emmanuel
about 1 month ago

 

HERP FAUNA FOUNDATION UGANDA

BACKGROUND

Herp fauna Foundation is a community based organisation that primarily focuses on the rampant destruction of habitats,fighting against illegal wildlife activities and snakebites as neglected tropical in Uganda through bringing together various professions to raise awareness and sensitization on combatting snake bite cases in communities through animal rescues and training people on preventive methods.

VISION

A safer Uganda with minimized snake bite cases

Mission

To minimize snake bite cases in Uganda through converging various professions to raise awareness and combatting snake bites as a neglected tropical disease in communities.

Proposed project description​

Uganda is home to over 171 snake species of which about 2-5% are venomous (poisonous). Most of these snakes are found in swamps, lakes, forests, savannas and in communities around these areas. Over 500 cases of snake bite cases are reported annually across Uganda of which this is just 30 % of the known cases. Many cases go unreported in communities and those reported are never saved as it’s reported that over 92% of Ugandan doctors don’t know how to manage snake bite cases.

Objectives

❖ To conduct sensitization about snake bite management and awareness in communities

❖ To respond to rescues and evacuation of snakes and snake bite victims in Ugandan communities

❖ To conduct venom extraction, research and training

❖ To conduct community based specialized hands on training courses on snake avoidance, snake bite first aid case management, prevention and snake identification.

❖ To promote income generation activities among locals in areas where snake bite is a problem.

How community will be involved

1. Awareness and sensitization campaigns

2. Hands on training on snake bite prevention

Activities in the project

A. Hands on training of community members on snake specie identification, snake extraction and relocation

B. Rescue of reported snake sightings and relocation

C. Providing basic first aid administration training

How community will be impacted

❖ Communities will be sensitized and made aware about snake bite management especially first aid management

❖ Rescues and evacuation of snakes and snake bite victims in Ugandan communities will save lives of Ugandans and also promote conservation of Ugandan indigenous snakes.

❖ venom extraction, research and training will promote education of masses on importance of venom in their day to day life and promote innovative plans among community members

❖ Conducting community based specialized hands on training courses on snake avoidance, basic snake bite first aid case management, prevention and snake identification will enable health workers respond faster to cases hence saving lives.

❖ To promote income generation activities among locals in areas where snake bite is a problem.

Length or duration of project

24 months

Cost of project

2500 dollars

Unique innovative feature

Milking of venom to reduce on the inadequacy of antivenom in hospitals across the country

Future plans of project

​Having a well assembled awareness van specifically built for snakebites awareness and conservation education across the country

Go to the profile of MuKasa Emmanuel
about 1 month ago

HERP FAUNA FOUNDATION UGANDA

BACKGROUND

Herp fauna Foundation is a community based organisation that primarily focuses on the rampant destruction of habitats,fighting against illegal wildlife activities and snakebites as neglected tropical in Uganda through bringing together various professions to raise awareness and sensitization on combatting snake bite cases in communities through animal rescues and training people on preventive methods.

VISION

A safer Uganda with minimized snake bite cases

Mission

To minimize snake bite cases in Uganda through converging various professions to raise awareness and combatting snake bites as a neglected tropical disease in communities.

Proposed project description​

Uganda is home to over 171 snake species of which about 2-5% are venomous (poisonous). Most of these snakes are found in swamps, lakes, forests, savannas and in communities around these areas. Over 500 cases of snake bite cases are reported annually across Uganda of which this is just 30 % of the known cases. Many cases go unreported in communities and those reported are never saved as it’s reported that over 92% of Ugandan doctors don’t know how to manage snake bite cases.

Objectives

❖ To conduct sensitization about snake bite management and awareness in communities

❖ To respond to rescues and evacuation of snakes and snake bite victims in Ugandan communities

❖ To conduct venom extraction, research and training

❖ To conduct community based specialized hands on training courses on snake avoidance, snake bite first aid case management, prevention and snake identification.

❖ To promote income generation activities among locals in areas where snake bite is a problem.

How community will be involved

1. Awareness and sensitization campaigns

2. Hands on training on snake bite prevention

Activities in the project

A. Hands on training of community members on snake specie identification, snake extraction and relocation

B. Rescue of reported snake sightings and relocation

C. Providing basic first aid administration training

How community will be impacted

❖ Communities will be sensitized and made aware about snake bite management especially first aid management

❖ Rescues and evacuation of snakes and snake bite victims in Ugandan communities will save lives of Ugandans and also promote conservation of Ugandan indigenous snakes.

❖ venom extraction, research and training will promote education of masses on importance of venom in their day to day life and promote innovative plans among community members

❖ Conducting community based specialized hands on training courses on snake avoidance, basic snake bite first aid case management, prevention and snake identification will enable health workers respond faster to cases hence saving lives.

❖ To promote income generation activities among locals in areas where snake bite is a problem.

Length or duration of project

24 months

Cost of project

2500 dollars

Unique innovative feature

Milking of venom to reduce on the inadequacy of antivenom in hospitals across the country

Future plans of project

​Having a well assembled awareness van specifically built for snakebites awareness and conservation education across the country

Go to the profile of Rezoana Arefine
20 days ago

Hi Emmanuel,

It was great to learn about your work. I would like to connect with you.

Best wishes,

Arefine