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The OIE calls for mobilisation against rabies

28 September 2013 90 years of expertise Mobilisation contre la rage

These films were produced with support from the European Union and from Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Goodwill Ambassador for the OIE.

28 September 2013 : On the occasion of World Rabies Day, the OIE has produced three videos aimed at raising the international community's awareness of the ravages caused by this disease, and of the means of combatting it globally.

HRH Princess Haya with OIE

against rabies

No more deaths from rabies

Fighting rabies in Asia

These videos express the OIE's essential messages on rabies in images.  To defend this all-important cause, Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Al Hussein, OIE Goodwill Ambassador, lends her voice to the Organisation, adressing the entire world on the urgency of the situation, and the existence of concrete solutions.

What are we waiting for to mobilise against rabies?

"Rabies is a serious global public health problem, all too often underestimated or even ignored.  However, we know that it can be eliminated. By combatting it at its animal source, and vaccinating 70% of dogs, we can eradicate it", claims HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein.

No more deaths from rabies

For World Rabies Day, 28 September 2014, the OIE is pursuing its awareness campaign thanks to a new interactive infographic.

For key figures, and extensive additional information on the disease, consult it here:

Eradicate canine rabies to prevent all human cases

To that end, mass dog vaccination is the method of choice, as it is the only one that can really end the disease's animal-man transmission cycle.  There are excellent rabies vaccines for dogs, manufactured pursuant to OIE standards, and at a cost ten times lower than that of human prophylactic treatment.

The OIE has, for decades, been committed to the fight against rabies.  In addition to drafting and revising standards on a regular basis for the prevention and control of the disease, diagnostic techniques and for the production of quality veterinary vaccines, the OIE's objective is two-fold:

  • Ensure transparency of knowledge on the disease in animals, thanks to compulsory notification by the OIE's 180 Member Countries and to the collection of scientific data produced by its global network of Reference Laboratories.
  • Encourage governments and international donors to invest in rabies control programmes, and, in particular, in dog vaccination.

Around 10% of the financial resources currently used for urgent treatment of bite victims would probably enable national Veterinary Services the world over to eradicate canine rabies, resulting in its virtual elimination in humans.

Solidarity with developing countries is of the essence. The OIE World Animal Health and Welfare Fund has already made several successful operations possible, such as the creation of a canine rabies vaccine bank for the poorest countries of Asia, for example, Laos.

United Against Rabies

In addition to its own activities, the OIE works in close cooperation with the FAO, WHO and the GARC (Global Alliance for Rabies Control) to develop international recommendations for enhanced intersectoral colaboration and the global implementation of the most appropriate strategies.  

Rabies has, indeed, been singled out as a priority target by the OIE, WHO and FAO in the framework of the "One Health" approach, developed by the "Tripartite Alliance".

FAO/OIE/WHO Global Conference on Rabies Control (Incheon, Séoul, 2011) : sustainable prevention at the animal source.

This Conference allowed for the drafting of a joint global rabies control strategy.

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