GARC partipated in the launching of the Philippines Rabies Awareness Month celebration in Pasig City, Metro Manila. With the theme "Rabies-free na pusa’t aso, kaligtasan ng pamilyang Pilipino", the event highlighted the importance of responsible pet ownership and its role in rabies prevention. The GARC team shared educational materials to the pet owners in queue for vaccination and sterilization, and promoted the GARC Education Platform to multiple rabies stakeholders attending the activity.
Rabies Elimination Progress
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
View past SARE assessments
This country is using the Rabies Epidemiological Bulletin but has not agreed to share their data publicly.
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In-country Capacity Building
GARC together with Oita University, with support from WHO, developed the Rapid Response Toolkit for Rabies in response to a request from the Philippines Department of Health. The toolkit is a compilation of local and international guidelines related to an effective rabies response. These guidelines address the responsibilities of all personnel involved in rabies response helping them to effectively undertake their daily activities in the scope of rabies control.
GARC staff provided a virtual training session on the Vaccination and Sterilization Tracker (VST) tool using the GARC App for professionals working for "Pet Doctor Veterinary Clinic".
GARC shared Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials with the National Rabies Prevention and Control Committee for their use and dissemination during the Rabies Awareness Month. These materials included animated videos about dog vaccination, activity books for children focusing on responsible pet ownership, and posters with messages about rabies prevention. Our educational resources can be found here.
Rabies education materials were distributed to the Early Childhood Education and Development Division of Muntinlupa City. These materials include activity books and sheets containing age-appropriate activities to teach children about rabies, responsible pet ownership and bite prevention.
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.
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 (more information).
GARC facilitated the training of barangay health workers, barangay rabies coordinators (village animal health volunteers), medical and veterinary personnel on early warning and rapid response through the Community Based Rabies Surveillance system.
GARC, in collaboration of Humane Society International, implemented a SARE workshop for Cebu City and several neighbouring areas.
GARC facilitated the training of teachers, school heads and school health personnel from all the school divisions of the country as certified rabies educators using the GARC Education Platform materials.
GARC facilitated the training of local government/private veterinarians on less invasive straw technique for sample collection to diagnose animal rabies (CBRS Project)
Network / Workshop participation:
Attended the inaugural Asian Rabies Control Network (ARACON) meeting (more information)
GARC facilitated the training of 23 participants from three provinces and regions in Luzon on animal bite management and leprosy recognition.
GARC facilitated the training of 148 health teachers, school nurses, Brigada Eskwela coordinators as certified rabies educators using the GARC Education Platform materials.
GARC facilitated a SARE workshop for the Negros Island Region. The workshop was attended by 34 medical officers and veterinarians.
GARC facilitated the training of 80 Barangay Health Workers as certified rabies educators using the GARC Education Platform materials.
GARC facilitated the training of 136 barangay and municipal officers as dog handlers and vaccinators.
GARC facilitated the training of 70 Barangay Health Workers as dog vaccinators.
GARC facilitated the training of elementary and high school teachers, livestock inspectors and nurses as certified rabies educators using the GARC Education Platform materials.
GARC facilitated the training of 16 professors and staff from the University of the Philippines, Los Banos College Of Veterinary Medicine, as certified rabies educators using the GARC Educator Platform materials.
GARC facilitated the training of 69 barangay health workers and Animal Bite Treatment Center personnel as certified rabies educators using the GARC Education Platform materials.
GARC assisted in training the speakers Bureau (a collection of volunteer teachers) on rabies, its causes and prevention.
GARC facilitated the training of personnel from the provincial and city veterinary offices in methodologies required to conduct dog population surveys.
GARC facilitated the training of 95 nurses and doctors from Animal Bite Treatment Centers in the Southern Luzon Region as certified rabies educators using the GARC Education Platform materials.
GARC facilitated the training of 99 agricultural and fishery, and health workers trained as rabies volunteers.
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 trough the use of the GARC Education Platform materials.
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.
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