Be part of the FORCE!
You may have clicked on this article out of pure curiosity, thinking that this wouldn’t apply to you. Words like, “I am not involved in rabies control” or “I’m no expert” may have fluttered through your mind. However, you could not have been more wrong as this is specifically for you! The Faces Of Rabies Control and Elimination (FORCE) campaign was designed for anyone and everyone, whether you are idly curious about rabies, whether you are a professional working to eliminate rabies, or whether your grandchild learnt about rabies at school, you can get involved in the FORCE campaign!
So, what is FORCE? FORCE is a campaign launched by GARC and the End Rabies Now campaign to celebrate every person who is involved in rabies control and elimination globally. You may still be doubtful and unsure as to how you may fit in. That’s easy – if you have completed the Rabies Educator Certificate (our introductory online rabies course), then you are a FORCE. If you think that a qualified Rabies Educator is not a FORCE to be reckoned with, then you are wrong. Our latest figures show that our ~8500 REC graduates have reached more than 8 million people with rabies messages since 2015. If that isn’t a FORCE, then I don’t know what is!
If you aren’t yet an REC graduate, then don’t worry! You can sign up for the REC course for free by clicking here. This course is great, as it teaches you all about rabies at your own pace. You can even download the course materials to study at your own pace offline! But don’t listen to me, hear from one of our graduates.
“The [REC] course was indeed informative, helpful, and applicable to every individual, family, and community.” – Yesha Ilagan, Staff member at the Batangas Medical Center, Philippines
Now that you are convinced that you are indeed a FORCE (or soon to become one), how will this campaign celebrate your great work? We aim to celebrate you – each FORCE – by creating a massive photo wall with pictures of you with your REC certificate, as well as your dog or cat (if you have one). Be creative, be excited, be serious – be yourself. You can even include a motivational message to encourage others to continue their rabies elimination efforts. Afterwards, encourage your friends to join – help us to grow our wall and break records!