World Rabies Day is a global initiative started in 2007 to raise awareness for and bring together various stakeholders engaged in improving human and animal health through the prevention of this awful disease.
In Nepal, World Rabies Day 2018 brought together different teams across Kathmandu which have each worked to vaccinate dogs and educate the public in rabies prevention. Coordinating and harmonizing the efforts to eliminate rabies from Nepal is particularly important to avoid duplicating our work and missing important trends.
For example, when a canine rabies case is confirmed, it is crucial to communicate this fact effectively so that dogs in the area around where the case was identified can be vaccinated, thus isolating the virus and preventing a larger epidemic.
KAT Centre has for 14 years been a major stakeholder in the create a rabies-free Nepal, and thanks to our vaccination efforts, at least 30,000 dogs have been saved from a painful and agonizing death, as well as countless human lives.