Snakebites have been declared the ''world's biggest hidden health crisis''.
The World Health Organisation has deemed snake bites ''arguably the world's biggest hidden health crisis'' with one person dying from a bite every four minutes.
Venomous bites kill up to 138,000 people a year while 400,000 of the 5.4million people who suffer bites around the world each year are left with life-changing injuries such as paralysis or amputations.
WHO say the number is an upper-estimate because as bites aren't recorded effectively in their most common countries.
London-based charity, The Wellcome Trust, has launched a multi-million-pound fund to improve treatment and research for venomous snakebites.