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.
In the Philippines, the GARC online education tools are being integrated into some veterinary college curricula. Here we share two stories about how the skills of students are being boosted so that they can participate more confidently in rabies education and vaccination in their communities.
The Panel of Rabies Program Directors of the Americas (REDIPRA) has proven very successful in moving forward rabies control and elimination activities across Latin America. Based on this success, the idea was conceived to develop similar structures for various sub-regions in Africa.