The Global Strategic Plan, national strategies and international and regional networks and collaborations. These are the things you likely hear about daily in the rabies world. But what about the work being done to implement these things? What is happening on the ground, in the communities, and what is GARC doing to make a difference?
This year’s call to action is one of education and hope for more lives saved as the IVSA has partnered with GARC to build a global network of future animal health professionals who are all rabies champions.
You may have heard about One Health, Pandemic prevention, and the need to strengthen animal health systems, but how does rabies fit these trends? How can one disease contribute to the elimination of so many other diseases and help to improve our global health?
Following the 2 years of pandemic, World Rabies Day dynamically returned to raise awareness, save lives, and highlight the connection with One Health. Global efforts made social media and the news sizzle, while this year’s awardee selection became even harder for the judges.
GARC continues to deliver upon its sustainable mission by helping to build capacity in rabies-endemic countries. In partnership with the UN FAO, GARC has delivered a RAIDER training in Mozambique and a National SARE workshop in Chad to ensure that we maintain momentum as we drive towards the Zero by 30 goal.
With Zanzibar making great progress towards eliminating rabies from the island through dog vaccination, GARC and Zanzibar’s animal health professionals have taken the initiative by going out and actively looking for the last few rabies cases in the island’s communities to reach elimination.
Vaccination, sustainability, and collaboration are three key factors to achieving rabies elimination. A collaborative effort between the national government and local and international partners has helped vaccinate over 37 000 animals in the Northern Region of Malawi in 2022.
In the lead up to World Rabies Day, everyone is so busy that we sometimes forget to say ‘thank you’ to all those who help. While they may not be nominated for the World Rabies Day Awards, our volunteers ensure that our work reaches a much wider audience by utilizing their skills and donating a priceless asset: their time.