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The ASEAN-Tripartite Rabies Meeting

4-6 December 2018, Hanoi, Vietnam

Rabies, a zoonosis, continues to be a significant cause of human and animal deaths in many parts of the world, with the largest share of human rabies deaths occurring in Africa and Asia. Successful elimination of human rabies requires a multi-sectoral, collaborative One Health approach that includes prevention of animal rabies through mass dog vaccination, dog population management, better public awareness and community engagement, and improved access to cost-effective and high-quality rabies vaccines.

The ASEAN Rabies Elimination Strategy (ARES) , endorsed by health and agricultural ministers of ASEAN countries in 2014, provides a strategic framework for rabies control activities in ASEAN countries. The ARES notes the importance of periodic reviews to clearly highlight not only progress, but also the critical areas for improvement, as a basis to maintain political engagement and momentum toward rabies elimination in the ASEAN region. Vietnam and Indonesia are the co-lead countries for rabies control activities in ASEAN.

Globally, the WHO and OIE, in collaboration with FAO and Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), also known as “United Against Rabies,” called for the elimination of dog-mediated human rabies by 2030. In Asia and the Pacific region, FAO, OIE and WHO (the regional tripartite) works together to support rabies control activities in the region.