THE CHANGEMAKER: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM)

THE SOLUTION: Snakebite Emergency Response System (SERS)

THE REASON: The tragedy is that snakebite requires immediate emergency medical treatment that is too often unavailable to its victims.

LSTM will deploy a novel Snakebite Emergency Response System (SERS) that offers an immediate solution to this problem. 

Snakebite Emergency Response System (SERS) is a smartphone app-coordinated deployment of specially designed motorcycle ambulances to rapidly and safely transport snakebite victims living in rural, remote communities to well-equipped and trained health care facilities. 

The SERS project is designed to meet the emergency medical needs of rural snakebite victims in a way that is affordable to the victim and sustainable to the local health infrastructure.  

  • We provide community health volunteers with Android phones equipped with the SERS App. This will enable them to identify the snake, identify the severity of the symptom, administer First Aid and, if needed, activate the ambulance. 
  • The motorcycle ambulance, staffed with a paramedic and equipped with a snakebite-specific First Aid kit, will rapidly provide medical assistance, even to the most remote locations in the community. (SERS will also respond to non-snakebite medical emergencies, such as childbirth.)
  • The ambulance provides life-saving support (including manual ventilation) whilst rapidly transporting the victim to the hospital.
  • Hospitals will be provided with antivenom and clinical staff trained in the effective management of snakebite.
  • The use of the app will also act as a means to record the number of snakebite cases in the areas covered.


We have already been working to develop and test the effectiveness of SERS in a pilot study in Kitui County, Kenya.  

Help us

  • launch the SERS project in more communities. 
  • collect data about the impact of SERS in reducing death and disability for remote snakebite victims in tropical regions. This will improve the chances of getting SERS adopted elsewhere in Africa and Asia. 
  • provide deeply neglected communities with reassurance that they can now access emergency medical assistance – for snakebite or any other acute medical condition.

LSTM is committed to breaking the cycle of poor health and poverty. Our world-leading research includes a number of projects focused on tackling snakebite, and our Venom Unit provides a rare and valuable resource for scientists worldwide. We are excited and passionate about the SERS project and its potential to save lives in the world’s most vulnerable communities, but it will cost more than other projects to deliver optimally. All donors will be kept informed of our progress against our fundraising target and will be given the opportunity to redirect their gifts should we not achieve the funds needed to make the ambulance service a reality.


Founded in 1898, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) was the world's first institution devoted to tropical health. Nowadays, LSTM is an international centre of excellence in research, teaching and the provision of technical assistance; its overall aim is to break the cycle of poor health and poverty through pioneering research.  The School works in partnership with international institutions, governments and civil society organizations, to promote programmes contributing to controlling diseases of poverty and to the development of more effective systems for health care. 

Your donations will be routed from CauseVox to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in UK where it will be recorded. We will then send accumulated funds to the LSTM Nairobi office to purchase the above items.

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