2017 World Rabies Day Awards


Help us to recognise the individuals and organisations who work tirelessly to prevent rabies in your community – nominate them for a World Rabies Day Award.

3 November 2017 updateCongratulations to all the award recipients for this year's World Rabies Day Awards! 

Individual Awards

Asia - Dr. Rakesh Chand (Nepal)

Sub-Saharan Africa - Mr. Mawethu Kunyu (South Africa)

MEEREB - Mr. Bojan Veselica (Bosnia & Herzegovina)

Americas - Dr. Kelly Crowdis (Haiti)

Organisation Awards

Asia - Nowzad (Afghanistan)

Sub-Saharan Africa - Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals​​​​​​​ (Malawi)

MEEREB - Kurdistan Organization for Animal Rights Protection (Iraq)

Americas - Suvis São Miguel Paulista​​​​​​​ (Brazil)


28 September 2017 update: View the shortlisted nominations for the 2017 World Rabies Day Awards

The World Rabies Day Awards, now in their second year, aim to highlight the work done by dedicated individuals and organisations to end rabies in their communities.

The Awards are your opportunity to raise global awareness of rabies champions in your communities, which could lead to international and national support for their work.

Working in rabies advocacy may be very challenging, specially when we try to get attention from government officers, and funding organizations to the sufferings of people afflicted by rabies in remote and poor places, such as in the Amazon Basin. This award will help me and the other winners to be heard more.

- Dr Sergio Recuenco-Cabrera, Individual Category – Americas 2016 Award recipient

Two awards will be given in each region - Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, MEEREB and the Americas, with an increased focus on community-based initiatives. Each award consists of US$ 1,200 or resources of equal value, an award plaque and a certificate. This year we are also introducing certificates of recognition for shortlisted entries.


​​​​​We will certainly use this award to further our work on rabies awareness and elimination programs in Liberia. We are more determined to collectively work with the communities, other groups, community leaders, government agencies and other stakeholders to robustly tackle this neglected and dreadful disease- rabies in our country.

- Morris Darbo, Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society, Organisation Category - Africa 2016 Award recipient


The World Rabies Day Awards are brought to you by MSD Animal Health and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control.