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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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