The initial goal of the End Rabies Now (ERN) campaign was a resounding success – we set a globally agreed upon goal and developed an endorsed global strategic plan for the elimination of dog-transmitted human rabies by 2030. Now it is time to establish a new vision for ERN. We are excited to announce a fresh new vision for ERN, as a platform focused on uniting and promoting civil society.
Families should never be faced with impossible decisions about which child should receive a life-saving vaccine and which one should inevitably die from rabies – a completely preventable disease. Thanks to an incredibly generous donation from a group of partners from a law firm in Luxembourg – who donated in their personal capacity – we can continue our mission to prevent families from ever making these impossible choices, and from suffering the tragedy of a loved one dying from rabies.
GARC not only supports national governments, but also focuses on helping civil society play their part in rabies elimination efforts. We provide the GARC App to our partners, including NGOs and other organizations, free of charge – ensuring that every vaccinated dog can be tracked and mapped in real time. In Tanzania and Kenya our partners vaccinated and tracked more than 4 500 animals using the GARC app in the field.
To ensure that animal health professionals are equipped with the latest and most relevant information regarding rabies vaccination, GARC has recently updated and revised the Animal Handling and Vaccination Certificate (AVC) course. For those people who play a role during dog vaccination campaigns, and who have not yet undertaken the course, now is the perfect opportunity.
By combining mass dog vaccination and community and professional training with the GARC Education Platform (GEP) courses, Ewaso Lions has worked with local government officials to reduce human-animal conflict, and also to protect wild carnivores like lions from the dangers of rabies. Medical, veterinary, and environmental professionals were trained using the GEP certificate courses to better understand rabies and learn how to eliminate the disease effectively.
We are excited to announce the theme for the 15th World Rabies Day. Find out what the theme is, get some ideas about what you can do to celebrate World Rabies Day with us, and how you can make a difference. World Rabies Day has been designed for everyone, so join us this World Rabies Day as we progress towards Zero By 30. Get involved in any way that you can!
Rabies elimination requires a One Health approach, and part of that requires the involvement of the Environmental sector. Read this summary of a GARC publication about how Waste Management is a critical component of Humane Dog Population Management that can affect rabies elimination efforts.
To ensure that you are equipped with the latest and most relevant information, GARC has recently updated and revised the Community Coordinator for Rabies Certificate (CCC) course. For those of you who have not yet undertaken the course, now is the perfect time to empower yourself to be a rabies champion in your community.
Considering the global COVID-19 outbreak, rabies control and elimination activities have, understandably, been less of a priority in most countries. However, GARC aimed to re-invigorate interest in rabies elimination in countries included in the MERACON network. Read about MERACON and about the first MERACON meeting.
The Eco Dog walk is a truly One Health experience, bringing people and animals together in a loving and happy environment aimed to improve human-animal relationships – all while walking through a forest and collecting garbage. What a great way to spend the day and learn about dogs and rabies prevention.