World Rabies Day Aims for 150 Countries!
Since 2007, World Rabies Day events have been reported from 135 different countries. This year, the WRD Team is aiming for 150. Help us reach out goal by sending in your event submission as soon as possible through the WRD website. Adding your event to the website not only brings global visibility to your efforts but helps others find an event in their local community. Some events that have already been reported include a Radio and TV Education Program on Rabies Spread and Prevention in Bo City, Sierra Leone with panelists from the Ministries of Health and Agriculture. The Radio and TV Program is expected to reach 1 million people. Across the US, numerous humane organizations, shelters and veterinary hospitals such as Banfield Pet Hospital in Lilburn, Georgia, will host rabies vaccination clinics and provide educational materials to clients about rabies prevention. In Australia, veterinary students from the University of Sydney, Queensland and Melbourne will be hosting a 5K and 10K "Run for Rabies" fundraiser. Exhibition panels educating the public about rabies will be on display at the Mega Mall in Tai Po, Hong Kong. Game booths will be set up to allow the public to learn about the importance of the prevention of rabies through fun games and win souvenirs at the same time. A seminar on rabies will also be delivered by veterinarian and Q&A sessions will be available. A goal of the program is to clarify any myths about rabies with the public. In Maharashtra State, India, All India Radio in Yavatmal will broadcast a special talk on rabies awareness and in New Delhi, pre-exposure vaccination and proper steps for post-exposure prophylaxis will be discussed during the screening of a film on rabies in Jahangirpuri. To find a World Rabies Day event near you please visit http://rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day/.