10 Caribbean countries / territories are affected by Rabies and involve 3 major vectors: dogs, bats and mongoose. The rest of the region is known to be free from Rabies but animal movements represents a real risk for rabies introduction.
The participation of the Caribbean Animal health Network (CaribVET) in the WRD aims at increasing rabies awareness and improving rabies surveillance, control and prevention in all its 34 Member states and territories.
The Rabies group of CaribVET in collaboration with its partners from CIRAD, UWI, PAHO/WHO, CDC, Wistar institute has prepared a "Keep Rabies Out" tool kit that will be made available throughout the region through the CaribVET communications tools. All CaribVET Members are encouraged to organize a WRD event in their own country / territory by using this CaribVET Rabies Tool Kit which is more specifically intended to the Chief Medical and Chief Veterinary Officers, medical doctors, veterinarians and the general public.
This kit includes awareness materials available in English, Spanish and French (2 posters, 1 tri-fold brochure), a link to a CaribVET webinar on Rabies (in english), as well as technical and scientific materials and key deliverables of the PAHO/PANAFTOSA-CaribVET workshop organized recently in Trinidad and Tobago (20-21 September 2017).
All countries are also encouraged to register their activity as a WRD event until end of December 2017.