Nada Hafez - GARC World Rabies Day awards nominee

Description of your work

A certified rabies educator, community coordinator for rabies, & animal handling and vaccination through the GARC Education platform courses. I have dedicated more than 18 years to the Egyptian street animal rescue, feeding campaigns, mass vaccination, and awareness sessions throughout Giza Governorate in Egypt. Handling rabies control in cooperation with GOVS and Giza Vet Authority to eliminate people's official complaints from street dogs and cats and prevent mass poisoning campaigns. Created bilingual awareness posters to help people be aware of how to deal with street dogs and cats safely and to educate people on dogs and cats attitude and behavior, I distribute them in streets, cafes and post them on social media. Joined the department of veterinary awareness to participate in raising awareness officially to people in streets. Conducted regular awareness sessions for the pubic. I do TV and radio interviews on Egyptian local channels to raise awareness as much as I can. I arrange regular CNVR campaigns on monthly basis. I don't collect donations, but I pay for all the activities in my own with some family members and friends. I participate in mass vaccination campaigns under the supervision of governors, officials, and presidency council. I arrange official surveillance visits to regions where people complain about dogs and cats in the presence of the Vet authority and police. I register all my vaccination and TNR campaigns at the ministry of agriculture, GOVS and Giza vet authority. I invite officials to join my mass vaccination campaigns to build trust and to be able to help animals more by making sure that my belief that vaccination is 100% rabies preventable reaches out to concerned officials. My story is of passion and responsibility. I decided to act positively in my country and help people to reach out to a better society. I believe in GARCs initiative and try to spread it out seeking more animal welfare society in my country.

Impact in numbers

People Educated: around 5000 and continued daily.

Dogs Vaccinated: 2941 (mass vaccination campaigns till July 2022)

Dogs Sterilized: 581 till July 2022

Impact (description)

I have reduced the bite incidence in the areas where I work because of vaccination, sterilization, and education. I have seen better community relationships between dogs and people. I have also received more support from local authorities or civil society because of the positive impacts of my work, full responsibility, dedication, and eagerness to continue helping reach my goal.

My personal experience with rabies

My Grandma is my main influencer. I believe in animals right to live peacefully and safely amongst people in the society. I am working to prove that awareness is the key. I love it when I look into the eyes of a street dog after getting the vaccine and staying safe. I appreciate what I do and sure it is of a great value. I want to be memorized with my nonprofit activities in helping people and street animals. I learnt how to vaccinate animals to save the vet's fees and buy vaccines instead to get the maximum number of vaccinated dogs as possible. I spend my time teaching and convincing people in animal welfare subject.


  1. GOVS
  2. Giza vet authority
  3. My husband
  4. My friend Sherine

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Nada Hafez - GARC World Rabies Day awards nominee
Nada Hafez - GARC World Rabies Day awards nominee