Mission Rabies is at the forefront of rabies elimination worldwide. We work in rabies hotspots to run mass canine vaccination programmes, provide life-saving lessons and maintain rapid rabies response teams.
This mighty mission is co-ordinated by a small team in rural Dorset, England, and still run by the dedicated vets who realised they could help eliminate human deaths from rabies with an innovative solution.
It all started with one man and a big dream: to help animals some of the world's toughest places. This was the beginning of Mission Rabies' sister charity, Worldwide Veterinary Service. From this dream, the realisation that vets had the power to save human lives led to Mission Rabies being born.
Rabies can only be stopped when everyone works together, that is why community involvement is so important. Before our Yellow Army of vets, dog catchers and volunteers arrive, before any vaccinations take place, we work with communities to ensure they're involved in implementing rabies elimination.
We're experts in rabies elimination, but we need experts in the areas we're working in to ensure our solution is right for every individual community. It's the only way to make rabies elimination sustainable. So everywhere we work, we partner with local organisations to deliver a bespoke programme.
Every deadly foe needs an equally formidable weapon to combat it. Ours is a 21st century solution to the biblical problem that is rabies: smartphone technology.
The Mission Rabies App is a state-of-the-art epidemiological answer to combatting one of the world's oldest diseases – and is in use around the world right now.
Would you know what to do if you encountered a rabid dog? Would you know how to stop the poor animal's suffering? How to prevent it from attacking someone; sentencing them to almost certain death?
In Mission Rabies project areas, emergency teams are only ever a phone call away.
Our teams meet a lot of animals – we've vaccinated over 1.3 million dogs to date. Sometimes we get to these animals just in time; providing urgent veterinary care and rescuing them from the brink...
Alongside our mass vaccination programmes, we champion and deliver humane animal population control. By neutering and spaying dogs and cats we can reduce overpopulation and alleviate all the suffering that comes with it.
"The dog that bit your son has rabies."
Imagine making this call. Imagine telling someone that their child has likely contracted a disease that causes immense suffering. A disease that, once symptoms show, is fatal and has no cure.
Decisive, large-scale action is the only way to eliminate a disease like rabies. It's how Mission Rabies started, by vaccinating over 60,000 dogs in a single month.
But we haven't stopped there.
Eliminating rabies is far more complicated than a one size fits all approach.
This cruel disease affects millions of people worldwide, and in every location, there are different challenges that must be considered. Success relies on adapting our plans to fit the communities and locations we are working within.
If you visited the state of Goa in India just six short years ago you would not have been able to escape the shadow of rabies.
This fatal and cruel disease hung like an ominous cloud over the state, and throughout India, where a staggering 35% of global human rabies deaths occur.
But now Goa is on track to be declared rabies-free.
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