Nyani Quarmyne/Panos Pictures

Lubombo Region, eSwatini (Swaziland)

A puff adder, one of the seven most dangerous snakes in eSwatini, being coaxed back into a transportation tube at a snakebite first aid and snake handling course for road construction company staff delivered by Thea Litschka-Koen and her husband, Clifton Koen.

Thea Litschka-Koen's involvement with snakes began after one of her sons had to do a school project on snakes. She soon realised that snakebite envenomation was a serious problem in the eSwatini. In the fifteen years since, Litschka-Koen has become an internationally-recognised expert, working tirelessly to improve snakebite awareness, education and treatment, and improve access to antivenom. In addition to her full time job managing hotel and other facilities, she spends much of her time responding to snake callouts, ârescuing people from snakes, and rescuing snakes from people.â She established the Swaziland Antivenom Foundation, which has set up eleven antivenom banks around the country to reduce the time needed for people to reach lifesaving treatment, has trained a network of volunteer snake catchers, and is working with international researchers on the development of improved antivenoms.

Object Name
Nyani Quarmyne/Panos Pictures
Lubombo Region
eSwatini (Swaziland)
Max size
High Resolution
5000 x 3333 pixels
42.33 x 28.22 cm (300 dpi)
16.67 x 11.11 inch (300 dpi)
6.0 MB size on disk
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