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.
Understanding the relationships between dogs and people is vital.
Our teams work with the local communities to understand the local dog populations and how they interact with people. Are there more free-roaming dogs or more pets? Are the street dogs used to people? Are there particular areas where dogs are most likely to be found?
The teams survey the dog populations to establish the ages of dogs, how the dogs live together and ownership practices.
Once enough information has been gathered a plan is developed that combines tried and tested methods in the best possible way to ensure the maximum number of dogs can be vaccinated.
Door to door delivery: The team go door to door, vaccinating pets to keep them safe.
Static Point/Vaccination Clinic: A centre is set up where people can bring their dogs to be vaccinated.
Catching: Teams of trained dog catchers use nets to catch street dogs safely before vaccinating and releasing them.
By combining these methods in the right way for each area, alongside our education programmes and community awareness campaigns, we can ensure as many dogs as possible receive the life-saving vaccine, protecting dogs, families and the whole community.
This approach works. In Goa in India there have been no human deaths from rabies in nearly three years, thanks to Mission Rabies programme of canine vaccination, surveillance and education.
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