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.
In celebration of Rabies Awareness Month in the Philippines this March, GARC and the Department of Education (DepEd) are collaborating to include a rabies information campaign as part of the Brigada Eskwela Program for school
Filming aspects of the Communities Against Rabies Exposure (CARE) projects in Ilocos Norte and Sorsogon, journalism students were able to vividly capture insights into how rabies impacts individuals and how whole communities come together to support control efforts.
Cameroon, a Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) member country, is leading the fight against rabies within the central African region. It has taken the first critical step towards controlling and eliminating rabies by developing an up-to-date and comprehensive national control strategy.
Louise Taylor recently visited the Philippines GARC office where the team are starting a new project to assess the effectiveness of free animal bite treatment centers. She describes her day testing out the protocols in communities and animal bite treatment centers in Tarlac Province.
The Philippines is among the seven Southeast Asian countries where canine rabies is still highly endemic, and so the World Rabies Day celebration presents an opportunity to educate and involve Filipinos in the shared goal to ultimately eliminate rabies in the country by the year 2020.