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.
The GARC Education Platform (GEP), a growing set of free online courses for people who are implementing rabies prevention and control programmes, is being used by governments, organisations and individuals across the world.
The Philippines’ Department of Education (Dep Ed) and GARC have been collaborating for the past two years to integrate rabies in the national education curriculum for kindergarten through grade 10, and these lesson plans will be uploaded to the Dep Ed’s learning resources online portal before the end of the current school year, March 2019. It is envisioned that the national rabies education integration initiative will benefit an estimated 21 million students in 46,847 public schools.
The Global Alliance for Rabies Control is proud to announce the launch of the latest educational course on the GARC Education Platform (GEP) - the Rabies Healthcare Certificate (RHC). The RHC is a profession-specific course developed to provide human healthcare professionals with all the information required to safely and correctly provide medical assistance with regards to all rabies-related aspects.
GARC has developed an easy-to-use software tool that is designed to provide simple, yet comprehensive, surveillance of both humans and animals that have been exposed to rabies. This new software tool is aptly named the Community-Based Rabies Surveillance System (CBRS) and now is in the final stages of testing prior to its pilot launch in the Philippines.
During the inaugural meeting of the Pan-African Rabies Control Network (PARACON), member countries evaluated their progress and developed country-specific Practical Workplans based on their SARE outcomes. Learn more about the formation of the ARACON network, the meeting and the tools used from a recent article by GARC to be published in the September issue of Antiviral Research.
Nominate someone today for a World Rabies Day award as thanks for their great work in rabies prevention. Nominations close on September 7th. The shortlisted entries will be announced on World Rabies Day, September 28th, and the awards will be announced on One Health Day, November 3rd.