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How seven college students come up with a solution to save lives of people from Snakebites

There was a time when India was known with a name which we never liked to hear and that name was the "land of snake charmers", it took us time to get away with that image, but yes certainly we are much more than that image, we are one of the fastest growing economy and 5th largest economy in the world now.

But still with all this, will you believe if I say that in recent times, each year an estimated 80,000 Indians die only due to snake bites? Yes, it's true, as rural India still struggles to get the adequate amount of antidotes and trained hands to tackle the situation.

This snake bites is one of the commonest-but-neglected public health worries. The reason for such high mortality range from delayed or non-arrival of the victims at the health centres within six hours, shortage of anti-venom and inadequate care provided at the health centres. "Delayed treatment can be fatal, especially beyond six hours after the bite. In many parts of South Asia, only half of the patients reach a health centre within six hours of a bite with the bite-to-treatment delay being as long as 12-15 days in some cases. Nearly 97% of snakebite deaths in India occur in rural areas", South Asia has the highest incidence of venomous snakebites in the world. Within the region, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka together constitute nearly 70% of global snakebite mortality.
Snake Bites kill more people than cyclones in Odisha alone. In the year 2015, Government of Odisha had declared snakebite as state specific disaster along with other disasters like lightning, heat wave, whirlwind, tornado, etc.
Project AntiVenom App Developers
Project AntiVenom App Developers

Seeing this staggering death by snake bites, Students of a renowned engineering college Gandhi Institute of Technological Advancement (GITA) came up with an unique and innovative mobile application (App) 'Project AntiVenom' to keep people aware of venomous snakes around.

The App developed by 7 students namely (Mr. Suraj Singh, Mr. Ankit Jaiswal, Mr. Gouri Shankar Panda, Ms. Aparna Singh Rajput, Mr. Alok Kumar, Mr. Raj Shankar Tiwary and Mr. Abhinav Prakash) of second year B.Tech. from GITA Engineering College, under the supervision of Professor Saqti Mohanty. As this App is helpful for the public, especially in snake-prone areas, it needs government's support to develop the App fully and use it in a professional manner.

This 'Project AntiVenom' app is maintained by XiKen.tech. The app is currently launched for the state of Odisha, as Odisha is one of the state in south Asia where the death due to snake bites is among highest.

About the app Project AntiVenom:

  1. The UI of the app has been kept as minimalistic as possible so that the app can work smoothly on even low-end smartphones. The app doesn't even require any internet connection to use hence can be used in rural areas where there is low network coverage or no internet connectivity.
  2. This app doesn't generate any ads, nor does it get funding from any source, it is completely for public welfare. Also, it is Open Source Project(OSP), which means, anyone with the urge to innovate can contribute into it to make it better.
  3. This AntiVenom App uses Machine Learning to scan and identify a snake’s breed and if it’s venomous. Users can scan a snake if it’s near them or their surroundings, upon identification, there is an option to call the snake rescuers, so that they can take it away safely.
  4. If someone suffers a snakebite, there is an option to call the ambulance helpline of Odisha. If the snake is still around, the user can identify the snake and inform the hospital to get the required anti venom ready immediately. 
  5. This app is absolutely free and available in English and Odia language.

App Features

  • Scan and identify the snake's breed and whether it is venomous or not.
  • Scan any image, from the camera or from the gallery.
  • Quick option to call the Odisha Ambulance Helpline.
  • Option to call the Odisha snake helpline number.
  • Important and useful messages displayed on the home screen regarding snakes and snake bites.
Users can download the AntiVenom App here from Google Play Store
projectantivenom app
Project AntiVenom 

Know about the project AntiVenom by one of the developer of the App Ms. Aparna Singh Rajput.

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