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World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day has been celebrated every year since 28 September 2007 and there is a growing recognition of this event to increase awareness and education at policy, professional and public levels. WHO is supporting this event in partnership with major stakeholders for rabies control in Member States. Free dog rabies vaccination, school education, quiz context, radio/TV programme and animal birth control activities have been organized at country level. As a result, healthcare seeking behavior has improved. All countries in WHO South-East Asia Region have phased out production and use of rabies vaccine of nerve-tissue origin. The introduction of cost-effective intradermal rabies vaccination in most countries has improved availability, accessibility and affordability of post-exposure rabies prophylaxis in public healthcare facilities. Human rabies incidence has drastically reduced and dog vaccination coverage is better year by year.

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