Considering the global COVID-19 outbreak, rabies control and elimination activities have, understandably, been less of a priority in most countries. However, GARC aimed to re-invigorate interest in rabies elimination in countries included in the MERACON network. Read about MERACON and about the first MERACON meeting.
The Eco Dog walk is a truly One Health experience, bringing people and animals together in a loving and happy environment aimed to improve human-animal relationships – all while walking through a forest and collecting garbage. What a great way to spend the day and learn about dogs and rabies prevention.
While One Health tends to focus on the human, animal and environment, other sectors that fall under the One Health umbrella are often neglected, including the education sector. To generate a truly One Health approach with a sustainable output, teams in the Philippines generated supplementary education materials for Day Care students to teach them about rabies elimination and bite prevention, creating a new generation educated about rabies elimination.
The GARC team in the Philippines, along with local partners, has developed a set of awareness and education posters to help ensure that people remain educated about, and aware of, rabies despite the spotlight being focused on COVID-19. The posters provide clear, concise, and life-saving message to people patiently waiting in socially distanced lines at the local convenience store, ensuring that rabies elimination remains in the minds of the public.
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Reaching more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications is a massive milestone, and in 2020, GARC surpassed this number! We continue to strive toward scientific excellence, ensuring that our work is built upon scrutinized best practice so that we can deliver high-impact projects to drive our mission of ending human and dog rabies globally.
No, you did not accidentally subscribe to the Star Wars fan’s newsletter. This FORCE is very real – this FORCE is you! We are excited to announce the launch of the Faces Of Rabies Control and Elimination campaign. Everyone can be involved, so read inside for more details!
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.