Rabies

Canine rabies: South Africa uses instant messaging for daily mapping and dissemination of cases

06 July 2017 | Geneva – South Africa is building on the success of canine rabies control in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal by instantly disseminating all reported cases of rabies across the country.

All rabies outbreaks are sent via SMS to the country’s essential services and the information is being used to formulate appropriate responses in areas where most canine rabies occur.

Experts work to improve immunization to achieve zero human rabies deaths

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28 June 2017 | Geneva –– An important meeting of rabies experts has discussed the development of programmatically feasible recommendations for consideration by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) when the latter convenes in October 2017.

The SAGE Working Group on rabies vaccines and rabies immunoglobulins recently met in Geneva to work on improving immunization to achieve zero human rabies deaths by 2030.

Gavi's learning agenda drives change for rabies

12 June 2017 | Geneva –– Rabies vaccines are efficacious but underutilized. Their high cost and inaccessibility have perpetuated rabies as a neglected disease. A GAVI-supported learning agenda is transforming their operational feasibility, public health impact and cost through studies in many countries.

As innovative solutions surface, efficacy and cost–effectiveness are improving. The world is looking to GAVI to invest in rabies vaccines in 2018.

Bite prevention awareness in children to prevent injury and rabies

Rabies education programme
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24 April 2017 | Geneva –– A lack of awareness, disregard of post-exposure precautionary measures and/or an inadequate availability of primary health care services have been identified as leading factors for the high incidence and maintenance of rabies endemicity. There is a critical need to encourage community involvement to address the existing gaps in community-based and formal health education, particularly in children given the high proportion of childhood rabies deaths.

The Rabies Elimination Program of Bangladesh – A model for transformation and accomplishment

10 April 2017 | Geneva –– Bangladesh is leading a national multipronged rabies elimination program towards its goal of eliminating rabies by 2020, and serving as a role model for others in the region with similar economic and sociocultural characteristics.