RABIES

Contributing to the elimination of dog-mediated human rabies deaths in Africa

Rabies kills around 60,000 people every year in the world with 40% of rabies deaths occurring in children under 15 years of age. Most deaths occur in Africa (25,000) and Asia (35,000) and mainly affects people living in marginalised societies.

At the global level, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) have forged a strategic collaboration named  United Against Rabies (UAR) in the framework of One Health. This collaboration has developed and launched a Global Strategic Plan to end human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030Zero by 30’.

In Africa, numerous dog-mediated rabies control projects and initiatives are being implemented in countries such as in Eritrea, Chad, Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania and Tunisia. Some of them were implemented within the framework of European Union “The Strengthening Veterinary Services in Developing Countries (SVSDC) + Rabies pilot Project” that supports piloting efforts in Africa to eliminate dog-mediated human rabies. Others benefit from the support of the Government of Germany, e.g. in Namibia (Namibia Rabies Elimination Project). 

To integrate rabies networks in Africa, a Pan-African Rabies Control Network (PARACON) was established during the first PARACON meeting in 2015 in South Africa, under the secretariat of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC). The PARACON provides a platform for countries to collaborate and co-ordinate both internally and with their neighbours towards effective and efficient rabies control programmes in Africa.  

The 87th OIE General Assembly passed international standards that enable countries to apply, on a voluntary basis, for the endorsement of their national dog-mediated rabies control programmes. 

In addition, the OIE rabies vaccine bank supports countries to conduct mass dog vaccination campaign to eliminate rabies. 

The SARE tool and the Canine Rabies Blueprint, were developed to encourage relevant stakeholders to work together to progress from stage to stage towards rabies elimination. 

Reference laboratories in the region :

Rabies Unit
Onderstepoort Veterinary Research
Private Bag X 05, Onderstepoort 0110 AFRIQUE DU SUD
Onderstepoort 0110
Pretoria, South Africa
Tel: (27-12) 529.94.39
Fax: (27-12) 529.93.90
Email: sabetac@arc.agric.za

 

Regional reports / strategies for download

Diseases (latest outbreaks in Africa).

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27/06/2019  Ceuta (Spain) Rabies 
08/06/2017  Egypt : Rabies (cattle and equines) 
29/11/2013  Congo (Rep. of the) : Rabies

Useful links

 

Applicable OIE standards

Chapter 8.14. Infection with rabies virus (Terrestrial Code)

Chapter 7.7. Stray dog population control (Terrestrial Code)

Self-declaration (Terrestrial Code)

 

Events

Rabies SG NEWS SG 87
United Against Rabies : Supporting the development of national rabies control programmes in affected countries

SG News 30 May 2019

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OIE Rabies portal (events)

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Rabies (pictures)

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Rabies diagnostic training course (southern Africa)

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Workshop on the National Animal Rabies Control Programme in Tunisia (northern Africa)

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