Rabies in WHO South-East Region

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Over 1.4 billion people living in the WHO South-East Asia Region (SEAR) are potentially at risk of rabies infection. Every year, 21 000 – 24 000 people die of the disease in the Region, and more than 4 million receive at least one dose of the rabies vaccine. Children in the 5-15 year age-group represent about 40% of people exposed to dog bites. Eight out of 11 countries are endemic. Maldives and Timor-Leste are historically rabies-free.

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Over 1.4 billionAt risk

> 4 million         People receive PEP each year

21,000 to 24,000 People die each year

0                   Human death latest by 2030

Workshop on Enhancing Progress Towards Rabies Elimination ‘Zero by 30’ in the SAARC Region, 26-28 June 2019, Kathmandu, Nepal

Workshop on Enhancing Progress Towards Rabies Elimination ‘Zero by 30’ in the SAARC Region, 26-28 June 2019, Kathmandu

The SAARC Rabies Workshop was organized by the SAARC Secretariat in collaboration with United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), World Health Organisation (WHO), Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) and World Animal Protection (WAP). The workshop was held from 26-28 June in Kathmandu which was attended by human and animal health officials from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

High level meeting discusses elimination of dog-mediated rabies

High level meeting discusses elimination of dog-mediated rabies

4 May 2018 | Kathmandu | Geneva−− A high-level meeting on “Driving progress towards rabies elimination” was organized by WHO from 2-3 May in Kathmandu, Nepal which was attended by 70 participants from 20 rabies endemic countries of Asia and Africa and partner organizations.

The aim of this two-day meeting is to share the findings of a recent multi-country study sponsored by GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, as part of its “learning agenda”. The study helped to generate important collective knowledge (ranging from implementation issues to prospective evaluations and costing) in various settings and has demonstrated the importance of rabies-related data and the need to build capacity, community awareness, education and surveillance.

Thailand committed to defeating human rabies by 2020

Her Royal Highness Princess Chulaborn Mahidol is greeted
by WHO Assistant Director-General, Dr Ren Minghui. ©WHO/C. Black

Political commitment is a driving force for rabies elimination. Her Royal Highness’ commitment celebrates the progress, innovation and leadership Thailand has shown in accelerating efforts to eliminate human rabies deaths by 2020. Her involvement has helped to engage and motivate the public to prevent rabies, from the village to province to national level.

What you need to know about rabies

Rabies Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) booklet on rabies explains more about the disease, and what we need to do to protect ourselves and the community. This booklet has a section for the general public, and another section for health providers.

It is great that FAQ on Rabies has been translated in regional languages beyond SEAR.

Strategy and policy

Resources and Publications

Events of Interest

Date: 26-28 June 2019
Place: Kathmandu, Nepal

Theme: Share the message. Save a life. Date: Friday, 28 September 2018

- Rabies - our time to act is now
- What does rabies mean to you?

Webinar on Rabies on the eve of World Rabies Day 2018!
- Day 1 recording
- Day 2 recording

Related links

Contact Details

World Health Organization
South-East Asia Regional Office
Email: serabies@who.int

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