Paediatric snakebite envenoming: the world’s most neglected NTD, neglected further by a paywall

22 November, 2020

Dear CHIFA colleagues,

I would like to ask if anyone on CHIFA would like to monitor the availability of global child health papers published in Archives of Disease in Childhood?

Some of us on CHIFA have been advocating for several years for Archives of Disease of Childhood to make their global child health papers freely accessible to all. This would be similar to The Lancet, which has a policy to make global health content available free of charge. If the Archives of Disease in Childhood were to adopt a similar policy, this would go some way to address disparities in global child health.

I have not been able to monitor recent access myself, but I note that the latest global child health paper is behind a paywall - if you want to read it, you have to pay 30 pounds sterling (40 US dollars).

Ironically, the paper is about 'the world’s most neglected ‘Neglected Tropical Disease’'. It is further neglected by a paywall.

CITATION: Global child health: Paediatric snakebite envenoming: the world’s most neglected ‘Neglected Tropical Disease’?

Sophie Pach, Jacqueline Le Geyt, José María Gutiérrez, David Williams, Kalana Prasad Maduwage5, Abdulrazaq Garba Habib6, Rafael Gustin, María Luisa Avila-Agüero8,9, Kyaw Thu Ya, Jay Halbert11

Archives of Disease in Childhood 2020; 105 i-i Published Online First: 20 Nov 2020. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2020-321075


Snakebite disproportionally affects children living in impoverished rural communities. The WHO has recently reinstated snakebites on its list of Neglected Tropical Diseases and launched a comprehensive Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Snakebite Envenoming. In the first of a two paper series, we describe the epidemiology, socioeconomic impact and key prevention strategies. We also explore current challenges and priorities including the production and distribution of safe and effective antivenom.

Best wishes, Neil

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