Stepping Up the Fight Against Rabies
Biobest are pleased to announce that we will be taking part in World Rabies Day 2018.
Around 59,000 people die from rabies annually, with over 99% of these deaths occurring in Africa and Asia, as a result of being bitten by an infected dog. Up to 60% of all dog bites and rabies deaths occur in children under 15 years of age. Dogs are major victims of the disease too; millions are killed every year as a result of mass culling through misguided attempts to curb the disease.
Rabies is 99.9% fatal, but it is also 100% preventable. Eliminating the disease by vaccinating dogs protects them and stops transmission to people. But despite the existence of effective, relatively low-cost solutions to control animal rabies, people and animals are still dying.
About World Rabies Day
World Rabies Day, held on September 28 every year, was initiated by GARC in 2007 to create a global opportunity for people to unite in increasing awareness of rabies prevention. Since then, it has grown year on year, with thousands of people organizing and participating in local, regional and national events, on or around September 28.
The Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) is a leading non-profit organisation that aims to eliminate deaths from canine rabies by 2030, by working with governments, veterinary, public health and educational experts and communities to facilitate policy change and build capacity to eliminate rabies in areas hardest hit by the disease.
What Biobest Are Doing
In order to raise funds for World Rabies Day, all staff are being given the opportunity to go walking, running, cycling etc. during the week of World Rabies Day. As a walking team our total target is 59,000 steps, one step representing each of the estimated 59,000 people who die from rabies each year. Staff will make a donation in order to take part and there will also be other fundraising events on the day.