If the global COVID-19 pandemic taught Mr Lambert Fadzai Gwenhure (Laboratory scientist and lead researcher, Zimbabwe’s rabies laboratory) anything, it’s that surveillance is of the utmost importance if a disease is going to be controlled and eliminated. Read his personal account on keeping Zimbabwe’s rabies surveillance data up to date and usable so that rabies control efforts continued during these trying times.
A passionate and driven veterinary student gathered other like-minded and driven students to form the “Beyond Student for Change” initiative, which works to improve animal health, including rabies, through a One Health approach. Amongst other activities, the students used the knowledge gained from completing the GARC education platform courses to go out into communities to raise awareness and educate others about rabies and its prevention.
The small team from Voice of Animal Nepal managed to make a big impact in their community on World Rabies Day 2020. With the support of resources from GARC, the team vaccinated dogs and raised rabies awareness, while emphasizing the need for collaboration to End Rabies Now.
Our Executive Director, Professor Louis Nel, gives his personal insight into 2020, the achievements that we have made, and what we can learn from a strange and challenging year. His words give hope that we will always continue to progress our efforts to reach our goal of rabies elimination, no matter the challenge – anything is possible if we continue to work together as a united community against rabies.
It takes just three to be free from rabies. Three dollars, three friends supporting us. With your support, we can help vaccinate three hundred and thirty-three dogs in 6 Shehias/towns (3x2). Help prevent a person from dying every 9 minutes (3x3) from rabies, by supporting our campaign. Our work in Zanzibar is close to completion - will you help us make the island rabies-free? For just $3 this festive season, you can help save the life of a dog and protect people in local communities.
It is with heavy hearts that we bid one of our team members farewell, after 7 years of dedicated service. We would like to thank Dr Sarah Jayme for her many years of work and her efforts to help drive GARC’s mission to achieving rabies elimination. We wish her all the best. Read about Sarah and her contributions over the years inside.
A world first has just taken place in the central African country of Gabon. Stakeholders from Gabon came together in a truly One Health manner and have completed the first ever online SARE workshop. In addition to hosting such a revolutionary event, Gabon has made significant progress in rabies elimination efforts, as demonstrated by the result obtained in the SARE evaluation.
The GARC team would like to thank you – as a member of the global rabies community – for helping make World Rabies Day 2020 such a success. The results have blown us away, with participation records being broken. You have truly shown the power of collaboration to help end rabies. Thank you!
With travel restrictions in place, health workers at the Batangas Medical Center in the Philippines were unable to continue their community education and awareness initiatives. But, after completing the Rabies Educator Certificate from GARC, the staff used the GARC Education platform and resources to educate communities and ensure that more people knew how to prevent rabies.
By building trust in their community, the Have-a-Heart Foundation has helped to build better relationships between owners and their dogs in some of the poorest communities in Namibia. Owners willingly bring their animals for rabies vaccination and sterilization, while the children are educated about rabies and bite prevention, all using some of GARC’s education resources.