Working together to make rabies history

   The global response to World Rabies Day inaugurated on 8 September 2007 illustrates widespread recognition of the need for action to control this devastating, but easily preventable disease. Strong partnerships were forged with key international and national organizations, partners and a multitude of professional organizations and networks. The event has since been held yearly, with great success and increasing participation.

World Rabies Day

WRD Website | Campaign Overview | Outcomes & Achievements |  Sponsors |  Resources 
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The World Rabies Day Team welcomes the participation of both the public and private sector in addressing this resolvable issue. If you would like to support the World Rabies Day initiative, please visit the WRD website to make your tax-deductible donation.

Working Together to Make Rabies History!
The World Rabies Day campaign is committed to its objective of raising awareness and resources to enhance prevention and control of rabies, with the overall vision of successful human rabies prevention and elimination of dog-to-dog transmission of rabies. We will continue to invite local, national and global rabies prevention stakeholders to be partners in this important initiative. The expected outcome of cross-agency partnering activities is to encourage and support coordinated rabies vaccination of dog populations, education of humans about the risk of rabies and when to seek post-exposure prophylaxis, and facilitating access to human rabies biologicals—most especially post-exposure prophylaxis. | Mission

Help Make Rabies History! Rabies is a terrible, yet preventable disease with approximately half of all human rabies deaths occuring in children under the age of 15. Unfortunately, rabies continues to cause considerable suffering for people and their animals and can also have a devastating impact on livestock and wildlife populations. | Video and outcomes of 2009 event, involving 109 countries | Advocacy materials: Training slides in 4 languages, for events and classes

Campaign Overview: The objective of World Rabies Day is to raise awareness and enhance prevention and control of rabies. The inaugural campaign on 8 September 2007 was celebrated globally as a great success and an important step forward for rabies prevention and control, following by an even more widespread event in 2008. The Alliance for Rabies Control (ARC), in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was proud to spearhead this effort with tremendous partnerships from numerous international leaders in the field of rabies. The World Rabies Day coordinating team is particularly appreciative of the many volunteer World Rabies Day event coordinators around the world.

Outcomes & Achievements to Date

Making a Difference: World Rabies Day (WRD) has truly become the focal point for all countries to eectively promote rabies prevention. Since the inaugural Campaign in 2007, WRD events have taken place in more than 120 countries; helping to educate almost 100 million people and vaccinate nearly 3 million dogs worldwide. The WRD Coordinating Team would like to thank all of the partners and volunteers around the world that continue to make the campaign a great success!

Record Performance: This year, at least 300 events were held in 105 countries, involving 775,000 people. Early reports indicate that an estimated 20 million people were educated through seminars, public service announcements, and mass media and vaccination clinics held in conjunction with WRD observances, which helped vaccinate 1.3 million dogs.

Shelter Outreach: WRD is working closely with organizations in China, India, Nicaragua, Pakistan and the United States. Partnering with the Humane Society of the United States, youth educational articles reached 35,000 classrooms in 2009 and helped educate approximately 1 million children.

Veterinary Outreach: Thanks to our partners, WRD outreach packages were mailed to 10,000 veterinary clinics and Colleges of Veterinary Medicine across the globe continue to embrace and energize WRD. This year, the European Commission kicked-off their annual Veterinary Week on World Rabies Day, highlighting its importance as the embodiment of "Animals + Humans = One Health" and encouraging the collaborative participation of veterinary and medical organizations throughout Europe.

Did you know that 100 children die from rabies each day?
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Communications: The WRD web site continues to be the top resource for global rabies education materials. Each month, 10,000 visitors from over 200 countries and territories come to the web site to download resources contributed by individuals and organizations around the globe. We invite you to share your rabies education materials!

Tweet it! WRD is harnessing the power of social networks to provide Campaign news and updates. Thanks to our "followers", educational messages are instantly disseminated throughout the world. Please visit our Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channels and sign-up on to receive and help disseminate our updates. You can help us educate someone about rabies!

Global Network: WRD has established a global network of half a million rabies advocates! Previously non-existent, the network serves partly as a listserv to disseminate news but also allows for a more participatory approach to rabies control. Join our network today and help us spread our message even further!

Alliance for Rabies Control

World Rabies Day is an initiative of the
Alliance for Rabies Control,
of which PAHO is proud to be a sponsor.

Alliance for Rabies Control

Sponsors: World Rabies Day is an initiative of the Alliance for Rabies Control (ARC). The World Rabies Day Team would like to thank all of our partners from numerous organizations throughout the world who helped make the first World Rabies Day a success. Special thanks to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), World Health Organization (WHO), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

girls and family dog     rabid dog

rabies in rural areas    rabies in the Amazon; vampire bats

Rabies Resources

PAHO Press Release: English | español

PAHO Director Mirta RosesRabies Elimination Speech by PAHO Director:
English |  español

Advocacy: Public-education presentations (PowerPoint, 2 Mb, 8/17 slides with notes; meant for use in local events, training sessions, or classrooms)
General: pdf English | pdf español | pdf français  | pdf português
Classroom learning: pdf English | pdf español | pdf français  | pdf português

Video: Elimination of Dog-Transmitted Human Rabies: English | Spanish

Materials for children from PAHO's Monica's Gang Series

Monica and her puppy

comic book for children

Caring for Your Pet:
Set of 4 videos
1. Prevent Dog Attacks
2. A Happy Puppy
3. I Want a Puppy
4. Vaccinate Your Pets

Down with Rabies!
Comic book on rabies prevention
   English |  español | 
   français |  português

Videos in Spanish and Portuguese available here.

More on Rabies in the AmericasPANAFTOSA

Regional center for zoonoses

Description of Rabies | español

WHO Rabies Treatment GuideWHO Treatment Guide (PDF, 24 pp, 165 Kb):
  English |  español | 
  français |  português

vampire batrabies surveillance guidelinesSurveillance Guidelines | español  | português

Expert Meeting on Rabies in Vampire Bats in the Amazon Region | español | português

rabies vaccination campaign in HaitiRabies Activities in Haiti

SIRVERACountry Data: Consult data in SIRVERA, Epidemiological Surveillance System for Rabies & SIVCONT, Epidemiological Continental Information System.

Rabies Elimination Project CDRabies Elimination StudyEvaluation Methodology: Elimination of Human & Dog Rabies in Latin America | español

Results of the Study: Elimination of Dog-Transmitted Human Rabies in Latin America: Situation Analysis | español

Regional Plan against RabiesPlan of Action for Rabies Prevention & Control in the Americas, 2005—2009 | español

Epidemiological Situation of Rabies in Latin America in 2004, PAHO Epidemiological Bulletin, Vol. 26, No. 1, March 2005 | español

REDIPRARIMSAREDIPRA: Meetings of Directors of National Programs for Rabies Control in Latin America | español

RIMSA: Inter-American Meeting, at Ministerial Level, on Health and Agriculture | español | português | français

Trust Fund Project on Neglected Diseases

Epidemiological Profiles, NDs in Latin America and the CaribbeanEpidemiological Profiles of Neglected Diseases and Other Infections Related to Poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean (rabies one of seven diseases covered in the study) | español 

Trust Fund: Prevention, Control & Elimination of Neglected and Other Infectious Diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean (rabies one of the seven diseases covered) | español 

NTDs bibliographyBibliography: Resolutions, Technical Guides, and Plans Related to the Elimination of Neglected Diseases and Other Infections Related to Poverty | español | português | français

Press Release on Trust Fund Project: PAHO Joins IDB, Sabin Institute to Fight Neglected Diseases | español

Virtual Technical Meeting | español

PAHO Links

WHO Links