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Solving snakebite in Sub-Saharan Africa: Jordan Benjamin at TEDxWhitmanCollege

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Published on Nov 4, 2013

An introduction to snakebite medicine in sub-Saharan Africa and a strategy for addressing one of the most neglected global health challenges of our time.

Whitman senior biology major and pre-med student Jordan Benjamin is a licensed Wilderness EMT with a lifelong passion for venomous snakes. He recently spent eight months in Benin, West Africa, and Kenya working to address the global burden of snakebites, the topic of his senior thesis. Last summer, he presented his solution of identifying and treating snakebites based on symptomology to the Joint Meetings of Ichthyology and Herpetology in Minneapolis. He hopes to become a wilderness/emergency medicine physician and specialize in the treatment of snakebites in rural Africa.

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