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GARC supports Zanzibar government teams to vaccinate dogs against rabies.

The Global Alliance for Rabies Control thinks global but acts local. There is no better example of this than our work in Zanzibar, which aims to make the island rabies-free one Shehia (town) at a time.

The GARC initiative began in 2016 with help and support from World Animal Protection and has successfully continued over the years by building capacity among locals, vaccinating dogs, and empowering the local authorities. The vision of a rabies-free island has never been so close!

Thanks to your support for the 2020 December Fundraiser, that vision is within a stone’s throw. Vaccinating a dog can help prevent animal suffering and human casualties from rabies, and it costs only US$3. By donating $3 (or more in most cases!) and sharing with 3 friends, you helped us reach and then surpass our fundraising target of $1,000!

As a result, GARC worked with 15 teams of local government vaccinators across Zanzibar (a total of 55 people!) to vaccinate over 6,100 dogs across more than 180 towns to date.

We are close to eliminating the disease on the island. In 2019, 10 animal rabies cases were confirmed, while in 2020, this dropped to only 4 animal rabies cases. We are close to making Zanzibar rabies-free. We will continue to work with the government and our partners to reach zero animal rabies cases in Zanzibar (and eventually globally). We are in the last mile and we thank you wholeheartedly for helping us make it there.

For more information on donating to our lifesaving work please click here.

You can also help raise awareness by sharing rabies messages and stories on social media here