December is here!!! The end of the year is close – 2017 records to smash!!! AMAZING work this last month. Thank you to all the team and our supporters.
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Gareth’s report is below. Blantyre District completed!!!!! We are also on the cusp of reaching one million children rabies educated in India alone – which is an incredible achievement by a very focused and dedicated education team!
Below is Praveen’s report on Ranchi. Sadly the canine rabies surveillance team picked up a rabid dog this last month. This doesn’t bode well regarding a return of rabies in the human population of Ranchi city and we all hope the Government recognise the dangers of this and urgently support vaccination and surveillance efforts so the teams can be reactivated.
Julie and the awesome Mission Rabies team vaccinated 9.868 dogs last month and now it’s all out to get the 95,000 vaccinations completed by December 31st. There is definitely a thing with squirrels this last month - Julie’s team rescued one in Goa and as you’ll see from Dagmar’s report there was also a squirrel epic in Malawi! Julie also attended the FIAPO conference in Delhi last month which was brilliant of her and she did a great job!
Thank you as ever to the Goan Government for driving the project on and showcasing how human rabies elimination in India is 100% achievable.
Whilst Paul and Debs have been in Bolivia and Jo in Ghana, Dagmar has been running the show in Malawi! The clinic also saw its first Giant African Squirrel attend. Sadly, not the outcome we hoped for but great to see how the reputation of the BSPCA keeps growing and that it is the go-to place for all animal welfare issues in the region!
A huge and very sincere thanks to Professor Neil Sargison and Nick Blayney who once again visited Malawi, worked with Jo and the BSPCA to deliver some brilliant AVO training with regards to the One Mission project. It is very exciting to see this aspect of our work developing and the increasing scope of what we can achieve across species and diseases.
Lots of meetings, grant proposals, talks and strategy discussions as we build up to the end of the year. A big thanks to Ryan from CDC for his continued support and also to Merck / MSD Animal Health for their continued unwavering belief in Mission Rabies and what we can collaboratively achieve.
The team at Edinburgh University also attended the big epidemiology conference in Chiang Mai this last month. Stella presented her poster on the rabies work and it was very well received by all accounts. The Edinburgh team are the cornerstone of Mission Rabies and driving the scientific credibility of what we are trying to achieve so a huge thanks to Richard and the team there as ever.
I’m currently writing this from a meeting in Vermont in the US – and the snow has to be seen to be believed!!!