Four British friends decided to turn their planned triathlon adventure into a charity fundraiser, raising funds of nearly £10K for GARC and other organizations. They were inspired after hearing Professor Sarah Cleaveland, a highly regarded researcher from the University of Glasgow, speak at the Royal Society about her work in rabies control and the challenges facing rabies-endemic countries.
To help drive rabies control efforts towards disease elimination, an in-country Stepwise Approach Towards Rabies Elimination (SARE) workshop was conducted in Sri Lanka with GARC facilitating and providing technical support.
World Rabies Day, the biggest day in the rabies prevention calendar, is only a few weeks away on September 28th. Even if you aren’t personally involved in an event this year, you can still tell the world about the rabies champions you know and ensure that their work reaches a much bigger audience.
World Rabies Day, the biggest annual awareness event in the rabies prevention calendar, is just a few months away. September 28, 2019 will be the 13th World Rabies Day, and this year’s theme–Rabies: Vaccinate to Eliminate–focuses on vaccination, the foundation of all rabies control efforts.
In the Philippines, the month of March is celebrated every year as Rabies Awareness Month (RAM), and this year’s event was centered around the theme of “Community as one against rabies, be a responsible pet owner”. The highlight of the celebration was a ceremonial dog vaccination campaign, as well as the ceremonial turnover of eight lesson plans on rabies prevention by GARC and the Department of Education to the National Rabies and Control Committee.
The annual World Rabies Day Awards, brought to you by GARC and MSD Animal Health, celebrate community rabies champions from across the world each year. In the lead up to our 2019 launch for nominations, draw inspiration from some of last year’s awardees by learning more about the rest of the 2018 awardees and their work by viewing some of their personal videos.
Philippine community health teams working in rabies prevention have implemented the first-ever, real-time use of GARC’s Community Based Rabies Surveillance (CBRS) tool. As of February 2019, local community health workers in Muntinlupa are now actively using this online software tool that is designed to provide simple, yet comprehensive, surveillance of both human and animal rabies exposures.
GARC recently augmented its Rabies Epidemiological Bulletin (REB)—a rabies-specific disease surveillance tool—by adding a new tracking component that allows laboratory case data to be geographically mapped immediately after it is entered on the REB system. This new database module is called Rabies Case Surveillance (RCS).
New research published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases models how freely providing post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for rabies could significantly reduce the number of human rabies deaths and would, at the same time, be highly cost-effective. These landmark findings were derived from modeling studies carried out by the WHO Rabies Modelling Consortium – whose contributors include GARC - and incorporate data obtained from field studies from a wide range of collaborators, including GARC’s own programs in the Philippines.