World Rabies Day 2021

World Rabies Day 2021. Rabies: Facts, Not Fear. GARC.

World Rabies Day is the first and only global day of action and awareness dedicated to rabies prevention. It is an opportunity to unite as a community - helping individuals, civil society, and governments to connect and share their work.

September 28, 2021 will be the 15th World Rabies Day.

To celebrate this milestone, this year’s theme focuses on facts about rabies and dispelling any myths or misconceptions.  In brief, the theme reminds us of key current global issues that also affect rabies elimination, namely:

Fake news and how this can negatively affect our rabies elimination efforts. Facts are the only way to beat fake news, so help to share accurate facts and ensure that decisions about rabies control in your country are based on the correct, and most up-to-date, information.  

Vaccine hesitancy and the misconceptions about vaccination. By sharing facts about the benefits of vaccinating your animals against rabies, and by ensuring that exposed people receive post-exposure prophylaxis, we can dispel any myths about rabies vaccination to ensure that everyone is protected, and the disease eliminated. We can rid our communities and colleagues of any fears of vaccination by sharing accurate facts.   

For a full description of the concept behind this year’s theme, read our newsletter article.

Participating in World Rabies Day is a great way of making and sharing progress towards the elimination of rabies deaths by 2030 - become part of the global World Rabies Day community today.

Make sure your country is represented on World Rabies Day! Register your event so that it appears on the map above and add your voice to thousands of others who are working to raise awareness about rabies around the world!

To plan and promote your 2021 event, we have a host of different resources to help make planning your event as easy as possible. Create your own World Rabies Day t-shirt with our downloadable logos or share the message by adding a World Rabies Day Facebook avatar logo to your profile picture!

Let us work together to achieve dog-mediated human rabies elimination by 2030!