60% of the people who die from rabies are children under the age of 15
Many families turn to traditional remedies or faith healers - ineffectual at treating rabies
Because education saves lives
You have access to three free courses to improve the skills and knowledge of people working in rabies awareness and prevention. These courses have designed to be applicable in all geographical locations and accessible to everyone, including people with no previous knowledge of rabies.
All the courses are web-based. If you have slow or intermittent internet access, the whole course can be downloaded and studied offline, but the final assessment must be taken online.
Rabies Educator Certificate
The REC course is for people who work in at-risk communities. These people may be health/veterinary/community workers, or key people within the communities who are in a position to provide others with accurate, life- saving information about rabies prevention.
The REC modules include:
- What is rabies and how do people and animals get the disease
- How to avoid dog bites and prevent rabies
- Caring for animals
- Understanding the role of a community educator in preventing dog bites and rabies
- Communicating with people
Each module contains specific and clear information that should be applicable to all situations, regardless of geographical location and circumstances.
Participants can access the course at education.rabiesalliance.org. It is self-paced, so participants can complete it in their own time, although it should take between four and seven hours in total depending on previous knowledge and experience.
On passing a final online assessment, participants receive a certificate of achievement and should be ready to provide life saving information to their target communities.
This course is currently available in English, French and Spanish and, as of October 2016, the has 1858 graduates (1693 English, 141 French and 24 Spanish). Growth and global distribtution of graduates are shown in the figures below.
GARC is grateful to Crucell for its generous support for the development of this course.
Animal Handling and Vaccination Certificate (AVC)
The AVC is an introduction to effective and humane dog handling and vaccination. You need to complete the Rabies Educator Certificate before accessing this course.
The AVC covers:
- The role of the animal handler and vaccinator
- Understanding animal behaviour
- Effective ways to approach dogs
- Equipment needed to catch and handle dogs
- Effective vaccine administration techniques.
The AVC course should be followed by physical training under the guided supervision of a professional and is also suitable for trained professionals who wish to refresh their knowledge and remain up-to-date regarding new techniques and tools on dog handling and vaccination.
This course is currently available in English and French. As of October 2016, the AVC has 186 graduates (171 English and 15 French). Growth and global distribtution of graduates are shown in the figures below.
Community Coordinator for Rabies Certificate (CCC)
The CCC helps individuals to become the focal point of rabies prevention in their community. As with the AVC, you need to complete the Rabies Educator Certificate in order to enrol for this course.
The CCC course expands beyond community education, providing skills and step -by-step guidelines to build useful relationships and manage common situations such as bite incidents, potential rabies cases, and follow up for post-exposure treatment.
The CCC course develops skills in the following areas:
- The role of a Community Coordinator for Rabies
- Building a relationship with community leaders
- Building links with the medical and veterinary sector
- The Coordinator's role during mass dog vaccination campaigns
- The Coordinator's role during a bite case or possible rabies exposure
- Waste management within the community
As of October 2016, the CCC has 42 graduates. It is currently only available in English.