World Rabies Day, the biggest annual awareness event in the rabies prevention calendar, is just a few months away. September 28, 2019 will be the 13th World Rabies Day, and this year’s theme–Rabies: Vaccinate to Eliminate–focuses on vaccination, the foundation of all rabies control efforts.
In the Philippines, the month of March is celebrated every year as Rabies Awareness Month (RAM), and this year’s event was centered around the theme of “Community as one against rabies, be a responsible pet owner”. The highlight of the celebration was a ceremonial dog vaccination campaign, as well as the ceremonial turnover of eight lesson plans on rabies prevention by GARC and the Department of Education to the National Rabies and Control Committee.
The annual World Rabies Day Awards, brought to you by GARC and MSD Animal Health, celebrate community rabies champions from across the world each year. In the lead up to our 2019 launch for nominations, draw inspiration from some of last year’s awardees by learning more about the rest of the 2018 awardees and their work by viewing some of their personal videos.
Philippine community health teams working in rabies prevention have implemented the first-ever, real-time use of GARC’s Community Based Rabies Surveillance (CBRS) tool. As of February 2019, local community health workers in Muntinlupa are now actively using this online software tool that is designed to provide simple, yet comprehensive, surveillance of both human and animal rabies exposures.
GARC recently augmented its Rabies Epidemiological Bulletin (REB)—a rabies-specific disease surveillance tool—by adding a new tracking component that allows laboratory case data to be geographically mapped immediately after it is entered on the REB system. This new database module is called Rabies Case Surveillance (RCS).
New research published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases models how freely providing post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for rabies could significantly reduce the number of human rabies deaths and would, at the same time, be highly cost-effective. These landmark findings were derived from modeling studies carried out by the WHO Rabies Modelling Consortium – whose contributors include GARC - and incorporate data obtained from field studies from a wide range of collaborators, including GARC’s own programs in the Philippines.
The GARC Education Platform (GEP), a growing set of free online courses for people who are implementing rabies prevention and control programmes, is being used by governments, organisations and individuals across the world.
The Philippines’ Department of Education (Dep Ed) and GARC have been collaborating for the past two years to integrate rabies in the national education curriculum for kindergarten through grade 10, and these lesson plans will be uploaded to the Dep Ed’s learning resources online portal before the end of the current school year, March 2019. It is envisioned that the national rabies education integration initiative will benefit an estimated 21 million students in 46,847 public schools.
The Global Alliance for Rabies Control is proud to announce the launch of the latest educational course on the GARC Education Platform (GEP) - the Rabies Healthcare Certificate (RHC). The RHC is a profession-specific course developed to provide human healthcare professionals with all the information required to safely and correctly provide medical assistance with regards to all rabies-related aspects.
GARC has developed an easy-to-use software tool that is designed to provide simple, yet comprehensive, surveillance of both humans and animals that have been exposed to rabies. This new software tool is aptly named the Community-Based Rabies Surveillance System (CBRS) and now is in the final stages of testing prior to its pilot launch in the Philippines.