Session 1: Progress towards ‘Zero by 30’: Highlights from 2023
Lord Alexander Trees, the Chair of the United Against Rabies Forum Steering Group faciliated a panel discussion focusing on highlights during 2023. Panellists included Dr Linous Munsimbwe (Department of Veterinary Services, Zambia), Dr Pebi Suseno (Ministry of Agriculture, Indonesia) and Dr Jean Marc Feussom (Deputy Director of Health Protection and Epidemiosurveillance, Cameroon). Dr Rachel Tidman (World Organisation for Animal Health) presented the 2023 priorities and key outputs of the United Against Rabies Forum.
Session 2: The role of national strategic plans for dog-mediated rabies in reaching ‘Zero by 30’
Dr Gregorio Torres (World Organisation for Animal Health), Dr Richard Ngandolo (Institut de Recherche en Elevage pour le Développement, Chad), Dr Frederic Lohr (Mission Rabies) and Dr Anthony Fooks (Animal and Plant Health Agency, UK) shared presentations focusing on the role of national strategic plans for dog-mediated rabies, and the support available for countries in helping to develop and implement these.
Session 3: Human post-exposure prophylaxis and GAVI investment
Dr Simbarashe Mabaya (Gavi the Vaccine Alliance), Dr Bernadette Abela (World Health Organisation), Dr Ryan Wallace (United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and Professor Katie Hampson (University of Glasgow) presented updates on the Gavi investment on human rabies post-exposure prophylaxis.
‘Forecasting human rabies vaccine demand’ – Dr Ryan Wallace
Session 4: Stakeholders engagement at the national and regional level
Prof. Dr. Md. Nazmul Islam (Communicable Disease Control Directorate General of Health Services, Bangladesh), Dr Madi Savadogo (Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Burkina Faso), Dr Zheng Zeng (Chongqing Animal Disease Prevention and Control Center, China) and Dr Hiver Boussini (AU-IBAR) presented updates on national and regional engagement to implement, coordinate and scale up rabies control efforts.
Session 5: Looking forwards and 2024 priorities
This session included a panel discussion with Dr Isabelle Dieuzy-Labaye, Dr Bernadette Abela, Dr Gregorio Torres and Dr Katinka de Balogh. The discussion led on from Episode 6 ‘Zero by 30: Dead or Alive?’ of the ‘Rabies Today’ podcast, and focused on the Zero by 30 objectives, and whether these were still relevant or needed to change.
Breakout sessions were held with participants to look at the main gaps and recommended way forward for the following six topics: coordinating operational research, dog population management, surveillance, oral rabies vaccination, communication and advocacy, and transboundary and displacement issues.
Session 6: Finalisation of 2024 workplan and recommendations of United Against Rabies Forum
The final session of the meeting included a presentation on the Monitoring and Evaluation framework of the Global Strategic Plan which is being developed by the United Against Rabies Forum Steering Group, and summarised the key recommendations from the meeting.
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