This course has been designed specifically for the health care professional (HCP) who wants to obtain a basic and yet essential overview knowledge on important issues related to snakebite in Zimbabwe. However even non-health practitioners with interest in snakebite issues in Zimbabwe will still find this course beneficial and helpful.
The course covers various aspects of snakebite envenomation in the form of nine separate units which are each followed by a small quiz to test the participants knowledge
The course ha come out of over two decades of poisons information experience and expertise and over 15 years of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students
By the time you finish the course you will be confident enough to talk about snakebite to HCP and to give meaningful information and advice to assist a snakebitten patient
Professor Dexter Tagwireyi, PhD, is a seasoned and renowned academician/scientist, pharmacist and toxicologist with over two decades of experience working in academia. “Prof Toxins” as he is passionately known is author to over 40 scientific papers in peer referred journals and book chapters in the area of natural products pharmacology and toxicology, animal envenomation and toxinology. He is also recipient of various scientific and professional awards and is an alumni of the prestigious Global Young Academy (GYA), the Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) as well as the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) ambassadorship programme.
Professor Tagwireyi has consulted on a number of projects with international organisations including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Regionally, he was involved in the establishment of the Network of African Poisons Centres and Applied Toxicologists (NAPCAT). He also has vast experience in setting up and running drug and poisons centres in an African setting. Prof Tagwireyi also has drug regulation experience in evaluating clinical trials (including trial site inspections), bioequivalence studies, veterinary clinical trials and drug dossiers, and currently sits in three expert committees of the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ). He also has experience in pharmacy profession regulation having served in the Education and Liaison Committee of the Pharmacists Council of Zimbabwe for almost a decade and being a current member of the same council. Prof Tagwireyi has experience in planning and conducting quality audits of Higher Education degree programmes at both national and regional level.