Malawi: Over 32,000 rabies vaccinations in five weekends

Post by

Jaigar O'Neill

on
August 1st 2021

We did it! We vaccinated 32,527 dogs across five weekends across the city of Blantyre in Malawi.

You helped make this possible. By donating when you could, fundraising with the help of your friends and family, sharing our stories, and giving up your time to volunteer, you’ve played a huge part in our mission to save lives.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Right now, we’re gearing up to expand or vaccination work into the rural areas of southern Malawi. To hear all about it as it happens, like or follow us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter, or look out for our emails. We’ll ensure you feel part of the life-saving mission, from start to finish.

Whilst some of the team in Malawi are vaccinating dogs in the field, others are manning our surveillance efforts. This is a 24-hour job. 

In southern Malawi, and across our other project sites, we operate a toll-free emergency hotline seven days a week for the public to report any suspected rabid animals. If an animal is showing any signs of rabies, including aggression, change in bark, biting, uncoordinated movement, salivation, or unexpected death, we investigate immediately and quarantine the animal before it has the chance to infect another dog or human.

This is how we empower at-risk people to support rabies control. We urge them to vaccinate their dog every year and report any suspicious change in an animal’s behaviour to our hotline. Together, with local cooperation and global support, we can protect families, friends, pets, and whole communities against rabies.

You can be part of our worldwide mission. Whether you're an individual, a company, or another charity, there are plenty of ways to get involved. Click here to learn more.