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.
Using an online streaming event for their World Rabies Day celebrations, storyteller Michelle Agas read the newest story from the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) called “Kakabakaba sa Bakuna” (I’m Afraid of Vaccination), which reached more than 80,000 children in the Philippines. The story teaches children about the importance of vaccination against rabies, making their vaccinated pets into superheroes.
After witnessing the tragic deaths of two children from rabies, Dr Akanbi - a Nigerian veterinarian - used the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) Education Platform courses and education resources to help her drive rabies elimination efforts in Nigeria by educating children and raising awareness.
We would like to thank all of the supporters of GARC’s "Rabies Saviors" appeal. With your support, we donated personal protective equipment to health centers and the veterinary office of Muntinlupa City, ensuring that health workers are able to continue to provide treatment to bite victims and people who may have been exposed to rabies. Thank you!
Global Alliance for Rabies Control and the International Veterinary Student Association have formed a partnership to work towards molding the next generation of veterinary professionals to become rabies champions at a local, national and international level.
A media publication in The Conversation about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted rabies elimination efforts. However, the work of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) continues on, through the development of new and innovative ways to eliminate rabies, even when attention is focused elsewhere.