Saturday 28th September saw one of the most important days in our calendar: World Rabies Day 2019. Mission Rabies teams around the world celebrated the day with different activities - here’s a summary of them all:
Students in the Indian state joined together for a World Rabies Day Student Rally. More than 500 students, teachers, animal welfare organisation representatives and Government officials marched through Panaji city centre in order to highlight the importance of rabies as well as raising awareness about dealing with rabies bites and first aid. As well as the World Rabies Day march, presentations have been held at Bhawans School in Goa to highlight rabies elimination and celebrate the accomplishments of Mission Rabies in the state.
Whilst these celebrations were going on, the Mission Rabies vaccination team were hard at work vaccinating local dogs. Thanks to vaccination drives just like this, Goa has become India’s first rabies free state!
In Malawi, World Rabies Day was celebrated in a different manner, with vaccination teams heading into Thyolo district for the first time ever! This is a huge milestone for Mission Rabies and represents the 4th Malawian State that we have run vaccination drives in (after Blantyre, Zomba and Chiradzulu.)
World Rabies Day also marked the start of important education programmes in Malawi. In total, 25 new Primary Education Advisors were trained to deliver rabies education training in schools across the districts of Chiradzulu and Thyolo. Over the next 2 weeks, our Education Advisor teams will be delivering training information to schools across these districts in order to raise awareness of how rabies can be prevented and treated.
All of us at Mission Rabies look forward to World Rabies Day next year where we hope to be one step closer to eliminating dog-mediated human rabies deaths! Donate today to help us achieve our vision.