Rabies is a zoonotic disease, that is, it is transmitted from animals to humans. Around half of all NTDs are zoonotic. These diseases are most successfully controlled through an integrated One Health approach which recognises the intimate links between human, animal and environmental health.
The United Against Rabies Forum is pleased to work with the World Health Organization and other partners in supporting the implementation of ‘Ending the neglect to attain the Sustainable Development Goals: a Roadmap for Neglected Tropical Diseases 2021–2030’, aimed at strengthening programmatic response to NTDs through shared goals and disease specific targets, backed by smarter investments.
A One Health approach is essential for achieving sustained reduction in NTDs as many have significant zoonotic or environmental components. We therefore also recommend that any rabies planning also considers the companion report to the NTD Roadmap, One Health: Approach for action against Neglected Tropical Diseases 2021-2030.
Ending the neglect to attain the Sustainable Development Goals: a Roadmap for Neglected Tropical Diseases 2021–2030 (WHO)
One Health: Approach for action against Neglected Tropical Diseases 2021-2030 (WHO)
Rabies costs an estimated $8.6 billion every year in lost lives, lost livelihoods and high costs of treatment.
United Against Rabies is an inclusive Forum committed to end human deaths from dog-mediated rabies.