Helping Hands in Snake Safety
Helping people stay safe around snakes, and snakes stay alive around people.
Your reference guide to snake safety and snake related information specifically tailored for Zambia.
Helping Hands in Snake Safety at a Glance
A Bit of Background
Helping Hands in Snake Safety (HHiSS) was born out of the passion for snakes and a realisation that snake conservation and safety are neglected issues in most (rural) areas of Zambia. Since May 2020 HHiSS is officially registered as an NGO with the Department of Registrar for Non-Governmental Organisations.
Our primary mission is to reduce the risk of snakebite incidence, improve the country's snakebite management and reduce the number of snakes being killed.
To meet these goals we operate via the following three objectives
1) SENSITISATION - To conduct sensitisation activities on snakes and snake safety in communities, schools, organsiations and companies across Zambia. These activities are already having impact in terms of the perception of snakes, and how to deal with them.
2) TRAINING - To conduct training courses in snake awareness, recognition, basic biology and handling for the purpose of DNPW sanctioned snake removal and relocation. Calling a trained and equipped snake remover provides an alternative to killing snakes which often leads to snakebites.
3) SNAKEBITE MANAGEMENT - To support the coordination and efforts to improve the safe and effective treatment of snakebites in Zambia. The need for qualified medical professional training in Zambia is high, as currently, snakebite treatment is not pat of the medical training curriculum. HHiSS gives first aid in snakebite training and organises snakebite treatment training for medical professionals.