The ASEAN Rabies Elimination Strategy (ARES), endorsed by health and agricultural ministers of ASEAN countries in 2014, provides a strategic framework for rabies control activities in ASEAN countries. The ARES notes the importance of periodic reviews to clearly highlight not only progress, but also the critical areas for improvement, as a basis to maintain political engagement and momentum toward rabies elimination in the ASEAN region. ARES is considered as a key tool for the region to provide direction and guidelines to ASEAN member states’ (AMS)’s to develop and implement national rabies strategies. The implementation timeframe of the ARES is between 2014-2023, with the period 2021-2023 as post-elimination phase.
The ASEAN region is still confronted with multiple animal health challenges which directly impact the rabies situation of the AMS and ASEAN region. Besides there are new developments and initiatives to rabies control such as global strategy for elimination of dog-mediated rabies by 2030.
Upon the request from ASEAN Member States, and in consultation with ASEAN Secretariat, WOAH offered to support the ASEAN in reviewing and updating the ARES to align with the Global Strategic Plan to end human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030.
In this context, the ASEAN Rabies Workshop held in Bali, Indonesia, will deliberate in detail the first draft of the updated ARES.