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Rabies Today Podcast

By: United Against Rabies Forum


Rabies Today is a new podcast series, brought to you by the United Against Rabies Forum, with the support of Dogs Trust Worldwide. Each month we will look at a key challenge surrounding rabies control and discuss potential solutions with practitioners and experts from around the world.

Episode 5: Rabies, dogs and wildlife

In the Americas, canine rabies variants have infected several wildlife species which now maintain independent cycles of transmission. In Namibia, kudu have emerged as unlikely species to be especially vulnerable to rabies transmission within the herd. Join Professor Katie Hampson and her guests in a fascinating conversation about rabies, dogs and wildlife and what that means for efforts to achieve Zero by 30.

With Dr Rauna Athingo, Chief Veterinarian, Animal Disease Control, North-West subdivision, Namibia, Cassie Boutelle, Epidemiologist, Pox Virus and Rabies Branch, US CDC and Professor Jane Megid, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, UNESP, Brazil

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Episode 4: Fight Rabies, Go Local

Local engagement is essential to successful rabies control. Professor Katie Hampson and guests discuss strategies they use to engage local governments and communities – and some of the challenges they face in coordinating effective rabies control efforts.

With Dr Kenneth Chawinga, Senior Inspectorate and Regulatory Officer of Veterinary Public Health, Lusaka, Zambia, Dr Rey del Napoles, Division Chief, Animal Care and Disease Control, Quezon City, The Philippines and Dr Merry Ferdinandes Wain, Director, JAAN Domestic (Jakarta Animal Aid Network), Indonesia.

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Episode 3: Dogs, Dogs, Dogs

In ‘Dogs Dogs Dogs’, we look at the important links between rabies control and dog population management, different attitudes to free roaming dogs in Asia and Africa, and some of the challenges in improving dog vaccination, community surveillance and reporting of rabid dogs.

Join host Professor Katie Hampson from the University of Glasgow with her guests, Dr Gowri Yale from Mission Rabies, Dr Thumbi Mwangi from the University of Nairobi and Dr Elly Hiby from the ICAM Coalition. With an update from Dr Bernadette Abela of WHO on Gavi’s decision to roll out investment in rabies vaccines.

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Episode 2: Reporting Rabies

In ’Reporting Rabies’, we look at why so few cases of human rabies are recorded in global and national data sets. What does that mean for countries trying to control the disease, and for people at risk? And, as always, we’ll be discussing solutions, including United Against Rabies’ guidance on Minimum Data Elements, available here.

Join host Professor Katie Hampson with guests, Dr Ryan Wallace, Rabies lead at US Centers for Disease Control, Dr Moses Djimatey, Deputy Director of Public Health in the NE Region of Ghana and Dr Ashwath Narayana, immediate past President of the Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India.

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Episode 1: The Treatment Gap

‘The Treatment Gap’ looks at unequal global access to life-saving rabies vaccines. Join Katie Hampson as she looks at the lethal consequences of vaccine shortages and how to address them, including the potential investment by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, in human rabies vaccines. Guests are Dr Bernadette Abela from WHO, Dr Madi Savadogo, Director of Animal Health in Burkina Faso and Dr Hervé Bourhy of Institut Pasteur.

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