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"Towards the elimination of canine rabies" presented by Sarah Cleaveland

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What live attendees had to say:

Lisa Sessions: Really good presentation! Cynically thought I might have heard it all before but kept me interested throughout - very engaging and encouraging!!!

Lauren Holman: Brilliant presentation, thank you so much for your time. It can be done so well done and thank you for the time and effort to working around the world vaccinating these dogs to wipe this disease

Sue Hiscock: Wonderful presentation - what an eye-opener and how encouraging! Thank you

José Pedro Amaral Leitão: GREAT presentation! Keep up the excellent work. We can achieve that "zero at 30" goal! 🙂

About the session

Despite the availability of safe and highly efficacious rabies vaccines for the prevention of rabies in humans and animals, canine rabies remains widespread and still kills tens of thousands of people every year in Africa and Asia. In a bid to end rabies, the Global Strategic Plan was developed which targets the elimination of dog-mediated rabies by the year 2030.

Incredibly, almost 100% of human rabies cases in humans come from dog bites. The good news is that these cases can be prevented. By increasing awareness, vaccinating dogs, and administering post-exposure vaccination after people have been bitten rabies can be stopped.

The first session, delivered by Sarah Cleaveland, will be broadcast on 31st January 2020 on the eve of Virtual Congress 2020. The second session, in the Spanish language, will be held at the beginning of the inaugural Virtual Congress Spanish stream on 1st February 2019 and, will be delivered by Sergio Recuenco. By registering for this, you'll also receive a translated recording of Sergio's session!

The webinars will be free to watch, thanks to the sponsorship of MSD Animal Health, who are involved in the global fight against rabies. We invite anybody who wishes to join us and help us continue the fight to elimination rabies for good.

About the speakers

Sarah Cleaveland

Prof. Sarah Cleaveland is a veterinary epidemiologist based at the University of Glasgow, U.K, who leads an inter-disciplinary One Health research programme in East Africa. Her PhD and post-doctoral research focused on rabies, investigating reservoir dynamics, burden of disease and the design of control measures, contributing to the development of strategies for global canine rabies elimination. While still engaged with operational rabies research and policy, her research in Tanzania now also addresses other neglected disease problems affecting human and animal health, livelihoods and wildlife conservation.

Prof. Cleaveland is involved in several graduate training programmes and One Health capacity-strengthening initiatives with partner institutions across East and West Africa.

Prof. Cleaveland was a founding director of the Alliance for Rabies Control. In 2014 she was awarded an OBE for services to veterinary epidemiology and in 2016 was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

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