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FGBI “ARRIAH” Expert Participated in the Global WHO/OIE/FAO Conference on Rabies Supported by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control

The Global WHO/FAO/OIE Conference on rabies: Global Elimination of Dog-Mediated Human Rabies – the Time Is Now, with the support of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) was held in Geneva on December 10-11, 2015.

The representatives of National Ministries of Health and Veterinary Services, key experts in the animal and public health, international organizations including the WHO and OIE, experts of the FAO Reference Centres, stakeholders involved in global, regional and national policymaking in health protection field, non-governmental organizations (Associations of veterinary and medical surgeons, etc.), donor organizations, national rabies coordinators and private sector participated in the event. That was the first global event over the entire history of the OIE, FAO and WHO when those leading international organizations joined together their efforts to establish the framework for global rabies eradication.

Incentives for coordinated actions targeted to dog populations and humans by adapting control strategies that had proven efficient were discussed. Dog-mediated human rabies claims ten thousands of human lives annually despite that tools for rabies prevention and treatment are currently available in the world and the fact that human rabies can be prevented in 100% of cases. More than 95% human cases are caused by rabies-infected dog bites. The overwhelming majority of victims are children that live in poor rural areas with limited access to health services. Freedom from rabies is global public good. Unlike many other zoonoses the tools needed to eradicate dog-mediated human rabies already exist.

Regular vaccination of 70% of dogs in areas of rabies occurrence can reduce the number of human cases to nil. Rabies eradication in dogs by their vaccination is the most cost-effective method and the only long-term solution. Therewith, costs associated with dog vaccination could constitute only 10% of the costs associated with rabies post-exposure treatment for humans.

An action plan that, as expected, will ensure rapid post-exposure prevention in all rabies-endemic areas and will provide a basis for extending ongoing large-scale vaccination of dogs is adopted at the Conference. The plan calls for efficient implementation of the basic key actions: assurance of human vaccine and immunoglobulin accessibility as well as mass vaccination of dogs for the disease eradication at the source. Vaccination of dogs is the key element of the new approach to rabies eradication.

The Rosselkhoznadzor-subordinated FGBI “Federal Centre for Animal Health” was represented at the Conference by Andrey Oganesyan, Head of the Risk Analysis Unit of the Information and Analysis Centre.

The FGBI “ARRIAH” participation in the WHO/FAO/OIE Global Conference on Global Elimination of Dog-Mediated Human Rabies – the Time Is Now that has laid the basis through joint efforts of its participants for global rabies eradication by 2030 acknowledges the FGBI”ARRAIH” status as the OIE Collaboration Centre for diagnosis and control of animal diseases for Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Transcaucasia as well as contributes to the global initiative for rabies control.

 

Dec 17, 2015

Categorys: Veterinary , Events , OIE , Epizootic situation