Human rabies: better coordination and emerging technology to improve access to vaccines

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28 September 2016 ¦ Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) is collaborating with partners, stakeholders and agencies to ensure a continued supply of human and dog vaccines and rabies immunoglobulins to sustain global efforts to eliminate human rabies by 2030.
WHO is also closely following the potential benefits that convergent technology can bring to facilitate the delivery of vaccines and immunoglobulins to remote rabies endemic areas and regions.

Global elimination of dog-mediated human rabies – the time is now!

WHO/OIE International Conference
Geneva on 10 and 11 December 2015

WHO convenes milestone conference to target global elimination of human rabies transmitted by dogs

07 December 2015 | Geneva –– Rabies kills tens of thousands of people each year despite the availability of tools and strategic knowledge to eliminate human rabies transmitted by dogs. On 10 and 11 December 2015 more than 300 participants, including experts, donors, and veterinary and public health officials will meet at WHO’s headquarters in Geneva to agree a framework for achieving global elimination of human rabies. “Global elimination of dog-mediated human rabies – the time is now!” is being jointly organized by WHO and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and with the support of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC). | Learn more

Making vaccines and RIG more accessible: report of meeting

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Prevent human deaths with post-bite vaccination

30 November 2015 | Geneva ––Providing affordable human rabies vaccines and immunoglobulins and improving the supply of safe vaccines is vital to achieving zero rabies deaths.

While safe vaccines exist, the need remains unmet. The successful NTD model for medicines can be adapted to rabies elimination by delivering vaccines and rabies immunoglobulins to where they are needed most. Better planning and forecasting are needed in countries, with private sector support, to improve access and affordability through increased procurement. | Read the full article