New Global Strategic Plan Will Help Eliminate Dog-Mediated Rabies By 2030
The Lancet Global Health: New global strategic plan to eliminate dog-mediated rabies by 2030
Ren Minghui of the WHO, Matthew Stone of the World Organisation for Animal Health, Maria Helena Semedo of the FAO, and Louis Nel of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control
“…Until recently, the global response to rabies was fragmented and uncoordinated. Now, for the first time, WHO, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) are joining forces to support countries as they seek to accelerate their actions towards the elimination of dog-mediated rabies by 2030. Following extensive consultation with affected countries, we have developed and [published] a Global strategic plan to end human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030. This ambitious, three-phase plan maps out the societal changes that are needed to reach this goal. It prioritizes action in a way that targets the disease reservoir in dogs and aligns the rabies response to efforts to strengthen health systems. … Our new rabies-focused partnership — known as United Against Rabies — gives us a platform to mobilize resources and leverage existing tools and expertise in a coordinated way. … Our organizations will continue to support countries to bring an end to human deaths from dog rabies, and invite others to join United Against Rabies in this historic effort” (6/18).