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.
There is less than a month to go before that major day for raising awareness against the world’s deadliest Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) - rabies. World Rabies Day (September 28th) is nearing and while COVID-19 still seems like the Big Bad Wolf scaring everyone, rabies continues to be the wicked Cruella de Vil consistently lurking in the background.
Vaccinating dogs is critical to achieving rabies elimination, but it is also important to be able to showcase efforts and success. Lilongwe SPCA (Malawi) shares their experiences with the GARC Data Logger (GDL) and how it has helped save time and money, enabling them to reach more dogs and save more lives.
With schools staying closed and millions of children worldwide missing out on critical education, many schools have gone digital. To adapt, one of GARC’s education programs has worked with partners to adapt a storybook about rabies into an animated video. Through collaboration, the video will reach millions more children, educating them to help End Rabies Now.
Rabies work in the Philippines came to a grinding halt when COVID-19 struck, but through perseverance and dedication, the saviors – our human and animal health workers - on the ground are back to saving lives from rabies. This was only possible with personal protective equipment like masks and disinfectant. Read how GARC helped kickstart activities again and how you can ensure that people at risk of rabies continue to receive life-saving treatment.
Read the personal account of a local rabies champion in Algeria about how she used the GARC Education Platform (GEP) to help save lives from rabies. We read about the key roles of education in rabies elimination and how her activities have helped her community and her organization.
Through close partnership and collaboration, GARC and the WHO have worked together to help ease the burden of data reporting. A specialised “Data reporting app” has been installed into the Rabies Epidemiological Bulletin that will enable government focal persons to easily complete their rabies reporting requirements to the WHO with the click of a button!
Thank you, Jacques!
Read about one of our most dedicated volunteers, Dr Jacques Barrat. Jacques has not only dedicated much of his life’s work to eliminating rabies, but even after retirement, has continued to contribute to rabies elimination through his volunteer efforts. Read a personal note from him about his background and love for selflessly helping others, especially in terms of rabies elimination.