Rabies Elimination Progress

Latest SARE score: 2 (2018)
In-country SARE assessment done: Yes

The Stepwise Approach towards Rabies Elimination (SARE) is a practical planning, monitoring and evaluation tool to guide, develop and refine rabies control programmes. It provides measurable steps, designed as a logical flow of activities, to progress from Stage 0 to Stage 5, in efforts towards freedom from dog-transmitted rabies.


A SARE score of 2 out of 5 signifies a country where a national rabies control strategy has been drafted and is being implemented.


2018: In-country SARE assessment
Madagascar_In-country SARE assessment 2018.xlsm
2017: SARE assessment at a PARACON meeting
Madagascar SARE assessment_PARACON 2017.xlsm
2015: SARE assessment at a PARACON meeting

Epidemiological Data

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In-country Capacity Building

August 2019
Madagascar_Alaotra-Mangoro Vaccination campaign Aug 2019

On the 20th August 2019, the second phase of the mass dog vaccination campaign kicked off in Alaotra-Mangoro - a semi-rural region of Madagascar situated to the North-East of the capital Antananarivo. The campaign - driven by the Department of Veterinary Services and supported by GARC, IOC and WAP - used the donated vaccine from the "Shots for Good" project driven by Boehringer-Ingelheim. Within the two-week period, more than 10 000 dogs and cats were vaccinated against rabies.

July 2019
Madagascar vaccination campaign_2019_Vaccinating black dog

After many months of careful planning and discussions, the first mass vaccination campaign was launched in Antananarivo by the Department of Veterinary Services in collaboration with GARC and the IOC. Our executive director, Professor Louis Nel, was there to help plan and initiate the events, while also providing training on the use of the GARC Data Logger (GDL) devices to track each vaccination.

September 2018
South Africa
Group Photo_PARACON 2018

Network / Workshop participation:
Attended the "New WHO recommendations on human rabies immunization and results of Gavi’s Learning Agenda on rabies & 2nd international meeting of the Pan-African Rabies Control Network (PARACON)" (more information)

August 2018
PAWM and BI cooperation

GARC facilitated an in-country SARE workshop to assess the current situation and develop a comprehensive short-term Workplan for the prioritisation of rabies activities. Using this as a platform, the stakeholders held discussions relating to the development of a strategic vaccination plan based on a vaccine donation of 75 000 doses from Boehringer-Ingelheim.

September 2017
South Africa
2nd sub-Regional PARACON meeting

Network / Workshop participation:
Attended the "2nd sub-Regional PARACON meeting" (more information)

June 2015
South Africa
PARACON 2015 group photo

Network / Workshop participation:
Attended the "Inaugural Pan-African Rabies Control Network (PARACON) meeting" (more information)