Newsletter Issue 65

August, 2020

GARC News Articles

World Rabies Day 2020. End Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate

The big countdown!

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.
Rabies Saviors (health workers) deliver rabies post-exposure vaccine while wearing PPE to protect people from COVID-19 and rabies.

Protecting our frontline rabies saviors in the Philippines from COVID-19

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.
Conceptual overview of the Rabies Epidemiological Bulletin (REB) as a data management system for rabies

Ground-breaking: GARC-WHO collaboration makes data reporting easy

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!
A dog being vaccinated against rabies and the data captured using the GARC Data Logger (GDL).

Dogs and data: Lilongwe SPCA (Malawi) shares their experiences with surveillance during mass vaccination campaigns

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.
Students doing the assessment during an offline GARC Education Platform (GEP) workshop in Algeria

Saving lives through education: A personal story from a local rabies champion in Algeria.

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.
"I'm scared of vaccination" children's storybook about rabies front cover.

Adjusting to the new normal: Continuing children’s rabies education through an adapted animated video

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.