Upwards of 80,000 people die from snakebites every year. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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A new global initiative designed to combat death from snakebites is being introduced by the World Health Organization.

WHO aims to cut the number of people either killed or disabled by snakebites in half by 2030 and is releasing a new strategy in an effort to meet that goal.

Between 81,000 and 138,000 people die each year due to snakebites, according to WHO, and about 2.7 million people overall are bitten by possibly venomous serpents.

“For millions of men, women and children around the world, the risk of snakebite is a daily concern as they go about their everyday activities – walking to school, tending gardens, herding livestock, fetching water or simply going to the toilet – where a misplaced step, a momentary lapse of concentration or being in the wrong place at the wrong time can be fatal,” reads a portion of WHO’s strategy.

The organization ? which is an agency within the United Nations ? said addressing the issue begins with raising education about snakes and urging people to receive health care. It also stressed the need for “affordable” and “effective” treatment, along with first aid.

It’s the organization’s first official game plan to take on the issue of snakes.

The release of the strategy comes a week after the London-based, health-focused charity Wellcome Trust vowed an investment of approximately $100 million to fight the snakebite issue.

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