Jonas Nickel receives Christian - Fiedler scholarship to study snakebites in Tanzania
Jonas Nickel receives scholarship to research snakebites in Tanzania
The Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin (LEIZ) awards the Christian - Fiedler - Scholarship in the amount of 1000 Euro to the PAIR B.A. student Jonas Nickel, to research and help with snakebites in the Meserani Snake Park Medical Clinic (Arusha, Tanzania).
The clinic, financed by income from the Maasai Museum and donations, has been struggling for years with the expensive and logistically difficult to transport antivenom for snakebites. For this reason, Jonas Nickel's research aims to highlight the relevance of snakebites to WHO and national authorities and thus bring about improvement.
Using a mixed methods approach, Jonas Nickel wants to investigate the following hypotheses:
- Children aged 0-18 years are more affected by snakebites than adults.
- The incidence of snakebites in Tanzania is higher than assumed by the WHO.
- Maasai in the Monduli region often seek treatment at a clinic late in the day, as they rely mainly on traditional healing even after a snakebite.
- The incidence of early anaphylactoid reactions to the SAIMR Polyvalent Antivenom is much higher than assumed in previous literature.
LEIZ would like to support empirically based research and is proud to support Jonas Nickel with funding and scientific expertise.