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A system's design project carried out as a part of a student project in a rural settlement. Research was carried out for two months about the var… Read More
A system's design project carried out as a part of a student project in a rural settlement. Research was carried out for two months about the various sub system's in the village. Death's due to snake bites in the rural area was recorded as the most neglected aspect of the system which needed to be tackled with. Read Less
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Deaths due to snake bites in India
Due to lack of any authentic information about snakes and snake bites there are many myths.* Part of the problem is also when someone is bitten - the element of surprise, as usually people are not trained to deal with snake bites.
All snakes are not venomous - so every snake bite does not mean death. This would reduce the amount of panic and chaos. *Even a venomous snake bite is not always fatal.
Severity of snake bite depends on many factors. 85% of the snakes are non-venomous.
* Some deliver only dry bite.
Only 15% of venomous bites lead to death. According to research and records carried out 10% die in the hospital due to late arrival and 90% die outside due to performing remedies like mantra, magic or wrong application of first-aid.

(67.5%) have been bitten by poisonous snakes | (32.5%) by non-poisonous snakes
The majority of snake-bites (68.9%) occur between May and November.
Target Audience : Death of farmers [54%], of students [30.3%] and of housewives [15.7%]
Types of snakes in Konkan : 10 Non-poisonous snakes & 4 Poisonous snakes. Poisonous snakes include :
Indian Cobra (naag) : Russell Viper (ghonas) : Saw-scaled Viper (phoorsa) : Common Krait (manyar)
Sarpamitra - An organization with active youth enthusiasts who come together and lend their service for the training programs and primary information about the types of snakes and their identification.
Phase 1 : Volunteers from sarpamitra go to schools to conduct interactive sessions with the kids for the integration of
identification as a necessary step before any further process during a snake attack.
* E-learning is undertaken from std 5. The session would be conducted where the class could be divided into four parts on the lines of the four poisonous snakes : naag team, manyar team, phoorsa team and ghonas team.
(local names used for the big four poisonous snakes)
An interactive poster (infographic) created for understanding the identification of the snakes. The end of the poster would be a strip with just the snake pattern which would convert into an origami snake to understand the form and structure through a fun and interesting media for the students.
An example of the king cobra in its origami version
A poster (infographic) which could be projected on the screen in the classrooms during the session. The same poster could be installed in hospitals as informative charts to inform them about the DO’s and DONT’s after a snake bite.
Set of pictograms were created for phase 3