Rabies: Facts, not Fear
Since 2007, every year on 28 September, World Rabies Day (WRD) is being observed around the world to bring the focus back on rabies – a neglected but deadly zoonotic disease. Although a 100% vaccine-preventable disease, rabies still kills tens of thousands of humans and animals, worldwide. The OIE has been actively involved in addressing this zoonotic disease by providing latest scientific information related to the prevention and control of rabies in animals and by implementing several activities in the Asia Pacific Region.
The theme for the 15th WRD is “Rabies: Facts, Not Fear” and it calls upon all stakeholders to take actions to understand the disease situation and provide actual facts about rabies to take appropriate actions. The theme also reiterates the need to use facts to raise awareness and educate people about rabies – a 99% fatal, yet 100% vaccine preventable disease.
This year, the Regional Tripartite consisting of the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok; OIE Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific, Tokyo; OIE Sub-Regional Representation for South East Asia, Bangkok; WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia, New Delhi; and WHO Western Pacific Regional Office, Manila will once again jointly organize a webinar on 28 September. The focus of this year’s webinar will be in sharing facts and experiences related to implementing national action plans, surveillance and strategic dog vaccination, and prevention of rabies in human. We hope that this webinar will enhance awareness on good practices for rabies control that Members could adopt to further strengthen their actions.
Details of the event and how to join this webinar is available below:
Other events during WRD 2021
The OIE also encourages Members to organise events, as much as possible, either physically or virtually, depending on your local COVID-19 situation and following COVID-19 protocols. There are several resources that Members could access and use as shown in links below. Some of the materials are shown at the bottom of this page.
Countries are encouraged to share their World Rabies Day activities on social media using #Rabiesendshere and @OIEAnimalHealth
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