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

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.

From concept to completion: demonstrating feasibility, cost–effectiveness and benefits to human health from elimination of canine rabies

Canine and human rabies
Kevin LeRoux (South Africa)

06 April 2017 | Geneva – Three countries known to have a high prevalence of canine rabies began rabies pilot projects in 2009: South Africa; the United Republic of Tanzania; and the Philippines. When the projects started, countries began at different stages to make impressive progress lessons were learned from one another and they are now eager to embark on and contribute to achieving zero human rabies deaths by 2030 caused by dog-transmitted rabies.

Stimulus package for eliminating dog-mediated human rabies

30 March 2017 | Geneva –– A concept note from the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) shows how rabies control capacity can be built in countries where the disease is prevalent.