World Rabies Day 2017 marks the announcement of the biggest global anti-rabies initiative as the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and GARC reveal an ambitious plan to end human deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030.
The Partners for Rabies Prevention meeting held in August brought together over 40 representatives from 27 organizations to discuss international efforts to support countries as they move forward in their canine rabies elimination efforts.
World Rabies Day is many things to many people – it reminds the world that people and animals are still dying of rabies, it raises awareness of organisations and individuals who are working to end these deaths and celebrates their efforts, and it unites the global rabies community and reminds us all that no matter where we are, we are not alone in our efforts.
The PARACON Epidemiological Bulletin is an integrated system designed solely for rabies data collection, collation, analysis and dissemination that has been developed specifically for PARACON member countries.
As part of GARC’s commitment to building in-country capacity to eliminate rabies, the Canine Rabies Blueprint and the GARC websites have recently been updated to improve access to up-to-date guidance and resources for the rabies control community.
The Stepwise Approach towards Rabies Elimination (SARE) is a key initiative to simultaneously acknowledge the complexities of rabies control and to develop a process framework that would make rabies control programs more manageable and effective.