The Pan-African Rabies Control Network (PARACON) was formed under the secretariat of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), as an Africa-focussed advisory and networking initiative. PARACON was formed in order to unify all sub-Saharan African countries and any related rabies networks in a ‘One Health’ approach towards rabies control and elimination.
PARACON facilitates the development and implementation of national rabies elimination strategies, with a focus on sustainability through governmental support. PARACON aims to standardize rabies control and elimination strategies towards a concerted regional approach by relying on the use of specially-developed tools and resources such as the Stepwise Approach Towards Rabies Elimination (SARE) assessment, Rabies Blueprint, GARC Education Platform and the PARACON bulletin.
The PARACON vision is that of a continent free from canine-mediated human rabies by 2030 and is encompassed in a modified version of an old African proverb:
"If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together..
... But not too slowly!"
PARACON aims to:
Unify African countries and rabies control networks and promote co-operation in a One Health approach towards rabies control and elimination.
Create a platform to showcase countries' successes towards achieving rabies control and elimination as well as any lessons learnt and challenges faced
Promote the development and implementation of tools for rabies control such as the Rabies Blueprint, SARE, GEP and the PARACON bulletin