Rabies

WHO workshop: visionary plans to scale-up rabies control

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14 December 2018 | Geneva –– Representatives from 11 countries recently convened at WHO headquarters to devise plans to end human rabies deaths by 2030.

Visionary plans have been drawn up for rabies elimination in many countries.

The meeting follows the recent announcement by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, of a new investment strategy to expand their portfolio to include human rabies vaccines in countries where Gavi runs other vaccine programmes.

Eliminating rabies: potential investment in life-saving vaccines can bolster prospects for zero human rabies deaths

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12 December 2018 | Geneva −− Addressing the high cost associated with human rabies vaccines and making them readily available to populations can save lives, notably children who are frequent victims of dog bites.

Providing equitable access to these vaccines can also have far-reaching implications in strengthening health systems, providing incentives to new actors to enter the market, and accelerating work towards reaching zero human rabies deaths by 2030.

Haiti uses mobile phones to promote rabies vaccination campaigns

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28 September 2018 | Geneva | Port-au-Prince -- Today is World Rabies Day.
United Against Rabies has called for increased intersectoral collaboration to end human rabies deaths by 2030.
Awareness about this fatal yet 100% preventable disease is crucial. In resource-limited Haiti, people are now using mobile technology to access facilities that provide free anti-rabies vaccinations to dogs.
Text messaging has improved community participation and the collection of data – measures leading to improved surveillance and awareness – as Haitians prepare to eliminate canine rabies by 2023. Read Haiti's story

Joint meeting discusses ways to advance rabies elimination in Africa

19 September 2018 | Geneva –– Representatives from 24 rabies-endemic African countries attended an important meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa to share the findings of a recent multi-country study conducted under the Gavi learning agenda on rabies.

Held jointly with the 2nd international meeting of the Pan-African Rabies Control Network (PARACON), the meeting considered options for implementing WHO’s new recommendations on human rabies vaccination, the opportunities presented by available tools and the global progress of rabies elimination.

Launching global plan to achieve zero human deaths from rabies

A man throwing blanket to catch a dog with rabies in India.
Mission rabies

18 June 2018 | Paris | Geneva | Rome | Manhattan (KS) −− Investing approximately US$ 50 million between now and 2030 can support the elimination of dog-mediated human rabies.

A strategic plan that provides a phased, all-inclusive, intersectoral approach to eliminate human deaths from rabies has just been launched by United Against Rabies, a collaboration of four partners: WHO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC).

Engaging communities through rabies research in Burkina Faso

8 June 2018 | Geneva –– Past strategies to control rabies in Burkina Faso have often seemed ineffective.

A recent community-based study has revealed important information about attitudes and practices of local people and the need to step up control efforts.