World Rabies Day, 28 September 2022
Rabies: One Health, Zero Deaths
Since 2007, every year on 28 September, World Rabies Day (WRD) is observed around the world to bring focus back on rabies – a neglected but deadly zoonotic disease. Although a 100% vaccine-preventable disease, rabies still kills tens of thousands of humans and animals, worldwide. The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, founded as OIE) has been actively involved in addressing this zoonotic disease by providing the latest scientific information related to the prevention and control of rabies in animals, and by implementing several activities in the Asia Pacific region.
The theme for the 16th WRD is “Rabies: One Health, Zero Deaths” and it calls upon all stakeholders to take action using a One Health approach to address the disease. The theme also reiterates the global target of reducing dog-mediated human rabies cases to zero by the year 2030. We only have less than eight years to reach the global target.
Events during WRD 2022
Support Members in enhancing awareness on rabies
As is done every year, this year too, the WOAH Regional Representation in Tokyo sent calls for applications for technical and financial support from WOAH for activities to be undertaken during the WRD. Based on proposals received, we will be providing financial and technical support to Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, and Sri Lanka to enhance awareness on rabies, primarily targeting school children and the general public. Besides awareness events and multisectoral advocacy meetings, a few Members will also implement dog vaccination campaigns. WOAH will send a pre-recorded video on the rabies situation and WOAH activities on rabies will be played at Members’ advocacy events. We will upload the highlights of activities undertaken by our Members on our website at the end of the WRD.
Web stories on successes and challenges of rabies control
WOAH will also collect and upload stories from our Members on their successes, challenges, and experiences in tackling rabies for the last two years in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Together with regional “tripartite” members FAO and WHO, we will also collect and share stories on how countries have used One Health (multisectoral) approaches to address rabies during the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic period. We encourage our Members to share stories with us so we can further share with others via our webpage, spreading awareness.
The success stories we have collected are shared here, and this list will be updated as each is published.
We encourage our Members to organise events as much as possible, either physically or virtually, depending on your local COVID-19 situation and following appropriate protocols. Below we list one of these events, which are open to all.
When organising events, there are several resources that Members could access and use as shown in links below. Some of the materials are shown at the bottom of this page.
Countries are encouraged to share their World Rabies Day activities on social media using #EndRabiesNow, #WorldRabiesDay, #WRD2022, #rabies, and #ZeroBy30. Don’t forget to tag us at @WOAH_Global and @WOAH_Asia
For more information, please contact us at [email protected]
Dog's Eye View - World Rabies Day
Infographic on rabies, available for download at bottom.