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Dear Chief Veterinary Officer / OIE Delegate,It's this easy to pick up rabies

September 28 is World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day is an opportunity for people around the world to unite in rabies prevention. Every year hundneds of thousands of people take part in local, regional, and national as well as international events, all organised to raise awareness about and/or prevent the spread of rabies. The individual events themselves vary enormously, from educating village elders in remote areas to national media campaigns, from sponsored runs to mass dog vaccinations http://rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day/

World Rabies Day is also an opportunity for national Veterinary Services in Africa to foster a positive public image through their advocacy to eliminate one of the most lethal zoonoses known to mankind, and one which is perfectly preventable...at the animal source !

On behalf of the African Union (Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources), the United Nations' Food and AEriculture Organisation (FAO-ECTAD Unit Eastern Africa) and the World Arganisation for Animal Health (OIE SRR Eastern Africa), we want to encourage you to actively participate, if not initiate and lead, your country's World Rabies Day events, irrespective of whether your country is free from rabies or not. We will shorily be supplying you with some joint communication materials, as well as the OIE fact sheet on rabies.

In the spirit of One Healthn we encourage you to partner, not only with the Veterinary Council, Veterinary Faculties and the Veterinary Association(s) but also with the appropriate Public Health authorities in your country, The key messaEe should be clear to everyone : rabies prevention starts with the animal owner. We should all recommend that people have their dogs, cats, ferrets, and any other animal that has regular contact with humans, such as horses, vaccinated against rabies. Keeping vaccinated animals will protect these animals from getting rabies or transmitting it to humans. It is critical to create awareness about the burden of rabies and highlight preventive measures in our respective countries.

If you wish your World Rabies Day announcement(s) to be advertised on our websites, please send us a short communiqué in English or French and we will be happy to post it online.

Finally, once the event has taken place, the AU-IBAR, OIE Africa and FAO ECTAD websites will offer a facility where you can upload the pictures from your WRD event to be posted on the AU-IBAR, OIE and FAO websites at a later time.

Wishing you all the best in your 2013 WR.D endeavours.

Prof. Ahmed El-Sawalhy
Director
Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources

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Dr. Bouna Diop
Regional Manager
ECTAD Eastern Africa
Food and Agriculture Organisation

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Dr. Walter Masiga
Representative
SRR Eastern Africa
World Organisation for Animal Health

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World Rabies Day 2013 Joint Communique
Date 2013-08-29 Language  Multilanguage Filesize 192.83 KB

Poster - It's this easy to pick up rabies
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Poster - It's this easy to pick up rabies
Date 2013-08-29 Language  French Filesize 335.76 KB