Stories appear with alarming regularity in the international media about authorities carrying out mass stray dog culling in response to rabies cases. Attracting fewer headlines is the high frequency of routine culling carried out month after month, and year after year aiming to curb rabies in stray dog populations.
The GARC Philippines office provided technical input and materials for a field training program for an all-female vet student association, including instruction in the Rabies Educator Certificate (REC) and professional guidance during a rabies vaccination campaign.
An online tool has been developed by US CDC, based on their GDREP framework, to help users to estimate the time and overall costs required to achieve the elimination dog mediated human rabies deaths by 2030.
The new United Against Rabies collaboration by global health leaders and the new international guidance for rabies prevention and treatment from WHO will have little impact without the efforts of those boots-on-the-ground, everyday people who are leading local and regional rabies control efforts.