Mission Rabies operates in Blantyre in Malawi - which has the highest reported number of child deaths from rabies in Africa. Over 99% of human rabies cases are caused by an infected dog bite. Before Mission Rabies arrived, thousands of dogs were killed every year to prevent the disease spreading but this was hugely ineffective. Mission Rabies are showing that mass vaccination of dogs is not only more humane, but much more effective.
Mission Rabies is vaccinating dogs across the whole of Blantyre District and running a massive education campaign to make local communities aware of the dangers of rabies and help them better understand dogs in order to prevent bites.
Mission Rabies are also partnering with Worldwide Veterinary Service to help build up veterinary infrastructure with the Blantyre SPCA, a local animal welfare organisation, to help build a better future for dogs.
Our aim is to eliminate dog bite transmitted rabies from the world by 2030.
people have been reached via the education programme
One of the biggest problems that street dogs in India face is the lack of well-trained vets to care for them. We have partnered with Worldwide Veterinary Service since 2010 to support their International Training Centre in Ooty. The centre provides training for vets in surgical sterilisation, as well as courses for government officials and dog catchers to ensure they are able to implement programmes to manage street dogs safely and humanely in their communities. The centre has already trained over 1,000 vets from across India.
Mission Rabies have been undertaking mass vaccination drives in Goa, a global rabies hotspot, since 2013 in order to eliminate canine transmitted rabies by 2020. We support them with their aims of vaccinating 70,000 dogs and educating 120,000 children in rabies awareness every year.