Rabies: rationale for investing in the global elimination of dog-mediated human rabies

Freedom from dog-mediated human rabies is a global public good

WHO, FAO, World Organization for Animal Health

Publication details

Editors: Dr B. Abela Ridder/Neglected zoonotic diseases
Number of pages: ii, 37.p
Publication date: December 2015
ISBN: 978 92 4 150955 8



Rabies is a global public health problem with important socioeconomic impacts. Human rabies is preventable; almost all cases are transmitted through the bite of a rabid dog. Elimination of human rabies is possible. Technical support and tools are available. This report covers:

  • Why investment is needed: key rationale.
  • Investment purpose: global elimination of rabies.
  • Investment in action: four case examples in Philippines, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Bangladesh.
  • Summary results of case examples: Programme similarities and differences, and Health impact success stories from case examples.