Developing a stepwise approach for rabies prevention and control. Proceedings of the
FAO/GARC Workshop, November 2012, Rome, Italy

FAO ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND HEALTH - proceedings 18

Developing a
stepwise approach for
rabies prevention and control

FAO/GARC Workshop
Rome, Italy
6-8 November 2012

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome 2013


ABSTRACT

More than 50 000 people die from rabies worldwide every year. Most of the victims live in developing countries in Africa and Asia, and are exposed to the rabies virus through dog bites. Every case of rabies prevented is a life saved, so there is an urgent need to implement rabies prevention diligently and globally. In November 2012, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) convened 21 experts in canine rabies surveillance and prevention at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, to develop a new tool to aid health programme planners and managers. Participants included rabies experts from two rabies-endemic countries (Kenya and China), academic institutions, GARC, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and FAO. Building on successes and lessons learned in the use of the FAO-developed progressive control pathway for Foot-and-Mouth disease, the workshop participants developed the first model for a stepwise approach to rabies prevention and control. The approach comprises six stages, ranging from Stage 0, where no information on rabies is available in a suspected rabies-endemic area, to Stage 5, where valid and timely epidemiological surveillance data confirm the elimination of rabies in humans and canines. The stepwise approach is intended for adoption and adaptation by national rabies control and elimination programmes as a tool for managing rabies surveillance, control and prevention.



Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary

 

Introduction

 

Rabies prevention and control, past and present

 

Activities, opportunities and issues associated with programme implementation

 

The stepwise approach

 

Development of an approach and indicators

 

Closure

 

References

 

APPENDIX A
Agenda of the meeting

 

APPENDIX B
Meeting participants

 

APPENDIX C
Key elements of effective cross-sectoral collaboration


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