Eliminating dog-mediated human rabies: Karachi determined to overcome a public health hazard

©WHO/Donated container, improvised as operating theatre for the
pilot project Rabies Free Karachi

26 February 2018 | Karachi | Geneva –– A pilot project to vaccinate dogs was recently launched in Ibrahim Hyderi - a town in the neighbourhood of Karachi, Pakistan. The town has one of the highest rates of dog bites, with more than 150 cases daily.

The project – Rabies Free Karachi – aims at the humane treatment of dogs by vaccinating them to prevent transmission of the disease to humans and is supported by the local authorities and WHO.

WHO announces new recommendations for rabies immunization

© Huzzatul Mursalin

15 January 2018 | Geneva –– New recommendations for rabies immunization that are cost,-dose-and time-sparing have been announced by the World Health Organization (WHO).

These safe and efficacious recommendations are based on new evidence that arise from public health needs and supersede previous ones published in 2010. The new recommendations also provide guidance on the prudent use of rabies immunoglobulins.

Rabies vaccines from inactivated cell cultures are well tolerated, with no contraindications.

Experts make new recommendations for human rabies treatment

© S. Setiogi

07 November 2017 | Geneva –– The WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization has approved new recommendations for rabies pre and post exposure prophylaxis in humans.

They follow systematic reviews by the SAGE Working Group on rabies and target the use of cost-effective and time-sparing treatments that are safe and efficacious.

The SAGE meeting was held at HQ headquarters on 17-19 October 2017.

Towards a rabies-free world as unparalleled global initiative gets underway

© WHO/AM Labouche

28 September 2017 | Geneva –– World Rabies Day 2017 marks the announcement of the biggest global anti-rabies initiative.

Today, the World Health Organization, the World Organisation for Animal Health, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control will reveal an ambitious plan to end human deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030.

Thailand committed to defeating human rabies by 2020

Her Royal Highness Princess Chulaborn Mahidol is greeted
by WHO Assistant Director-General, Dr Ren Minghui. ©WHO/C. Black

4 September 2017 | Geneva –– Cases of human rabies deaths in Thailand have declined from almost 200 in 2005 to fewer than eight in 2015.
This is the result of a national strategy and also the personal commitment of Her Royal Highness Princess Chulaborn Mahidol, who is championing the mass vaccination and management of dogs and an enhanced awareness of rabies.
Princess Chulabhorn visited the World Health Organization’s headquarters in Geneva on Monday 28 August.