Rabies Elimination Progress

Latest SARE score: 3.5 (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 3.5 out of 5 signifies that the country is nearing freedom from dog-mediated human rabies, with a concurrent decline in animal rabies cases.


View the Philippines' National Rabies Elimination Strategy

2018: SARE assessment at an ARACON meeting
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Epidemiological Data

This country is using the Rabies Epidemiological Bulletin but has not agreed to share their data publicly.

In-country Capacity Building

September 2019
Bagac, Bataan

GARC assisted in the development of the program and workshop facilitation for the creation of the  2020-2030 National Rabies Elimination Plan. The workshop was attended by representatives from the different agencies of the National Rabies Prevention and Control Committee as well as Regional Rabies Coordinators from the health and agriculture sector. 

May 2019
Dumaguete City

Medical doctors, nurses and dentists from the Department of Education where given an orientation about rabies and an overview of the rabies lesson plans developed. The Department of Education provided a budget of USD 1,000 per regional office for the implementation of the activity plans developed during the workshop. (more information)

January 2019
Muntinlupa City

Training of barangay health workers, barangay rabies coordinators (village animal  health volunteers), medical and veterinary personnel on early warning and rapid response through CBRS including database use. The CBRS project is a collaboration between GARC, Muntinlupa City, RITM. Jan and Feb 2019.

December 2018
Cebu City

In collaboration of HSI, SARE workshop at their project site, Cebu City and several neighboring areas. 

November 2018
Antipolo City, Cebu City

Training of teachers, school heads and school health personnel from all the school divisions of the country trained on rabies and the use of rabies lesson plans. Supported by UBS OF and Four Paws. 

October 2018
Muntinlupa City

Training of local government/private veterinarians on less invasive straw technique for sample collection to diagnose animal rabies (CBRS Project)

March 2018
Bangkok, Thailand

Attended the inaugural Asian Rabies Control Network meeting (more information)

November 2017
Muntinlupa City

23 participants from 3 provinces and regions in Luzon trained on animal bite management and leprosy recognition (CARE Project). 

March 2017
Zamboanga City, San Fernando City, Pagadian City, Cebu City

148 health teachers, school nurses, Brigada Eskwela coordinators trained as Rabies Educators  (REC) reaching an estimated 65,024 students, community members in provinces with the highest rabies cases in the Philippines. (CARE Project)  

October 2016
La Carlota City

34 medical officers and veterinarians attended the Stepwise Approach towards Rabies Elimination (SARE) workshop for the Negros Island Region

September 2016
Muntinlupa City

80 Barangay (village) Health Workers trained as rabies educators with the Rabies Educator Certificate

August 2016
Irosin, Sorsogon

136 barangay and municipal officers trained as dog vaccinators, also in September.

July 2016
Muntinlupa City

Training for 70 BHWs as dog vaccinators 

June 2016
Sorsogon City

Orientation of elementary and high school teachers, livestock inspectors and nurses as rabies educators. Conducted in June and July.

June 2016
Los Banos Laguna

16 professors and staff from University of the Philippines Los Banos College Of Vet Medicine trained as rabies educators (REC)

April 2016
Ilocos Norte

69 barangay health workers and Animal Bite Treatment Center personnel trained as rabies educators (offline REC)

March 2016
Ilocos Norte

Speakers Bureau (volunteer teachers) are given an orientation on rabies, in March and May.

February 2016
Laoag City and Sorsogon City

Personnel from provincial and city vet offices trained to conduct dog population surveys. Also in March.

February 2016
Muntinlupa City

95  nurses and doctors from Animal Bite Treatment Centers in the Southern Luzon Region  trained as rabies educators (REC). Also in April, July and October 2016.

January 2016

 99 barangay agricultural and fishery workers and health workers trained as rabies volunteers

January 2016
Ilocos Norte

As part of the Early Childhood Intervention program of the CARE project, 23 daycare teachers were trained on rabies, responsible pet ownership, animal bite management, rabies communication to the community (offline REC) 

In the Philippines, GARC worked with the local and national government to set up comprehensive model rabies elimination programmes, incorporate rabies prevention into the education curriculum, increase awareness across the country and improve surveillance measures.

Learn more about our work supporting the Philippines' national government

Learn more about our work in Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

Learn more about our work in Sorsogon, Philippines.