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Rabies Today Podcast

By: United Against Rabies Forum


Rabies Today is brought to you by the United Against Rabies Forum. Each month we will look at a key challenge surrounding rabies control and discuss potential solutions with practitioners and experts from around the world.

Season 2

Episode 2: Gavi’s Vaccine Rollout

Human rabies vaccines for PEP save lives by stopping the deadly virus reaching the central nervous system. But these lifesaving vaccines are often unavailable or unaffordable, especially in marginalized communities in Asia and Africa where rabies is still a significant public health problem.

On 12 June 2024, Gavi begins the rollout of a new program to help over 50 countries to access human rabies vaccines, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of lives and catalyzing more sustainable approaches to rabies elimination. This episode explains Gavi’s offer, what it aims to achieve and what countries need to do to qualify for support.

Join Professor Katie Hampson of Glasgow University and her guests for a new episode of Rabies Today. Her guests are Dr Simbarashe Mabaya, Senior Technical Adviser, Gavi; Dr Bernadette Abela, Global Program for NTDs, WHO; Dr Marybeth Maritim, Senior Lecturer at University of Nairobi; Consultant Physician in Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases and NTDs; Chair Rabies Working Group of Kenya’s National Immunisation Technical Advisory Group, Kenitag; and Prof Bassirou Bonfoh, Veterinary Epidemiologist, Senior Scientist at Swiss Centre of Scientific Research in Côte d’Ivoire; Director Afrique One/ One Health.

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Episode 1: Rabies in South East Asia

Dog-mediated rabies is on the rise in Southeast Asia, including in areas that were previously rabies free. The impact of the pandemic is still being felt, dog vaccination rates remain very low, funding is limited and access to human rabies vaccines for PEP is a challenge. The dog meat trade also contributes to the spread of the disease. Will a new ASEAN rabies strategy help to to turn the tide and stop human deaths from canine rabies by 2030?

Join Professor Katie Hampson of Glasgow University and her guests for a new episode of Rabies Today. Her guests are Dr Pebi Purwo Suseno, Senior Veterinary Officer, Directorate of Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Indonesia, Dr Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Miranda, public health veterinarian from the Philippine and Lola Webber, Consultant, Humane Society International, with a special contribution from Chonnikarn Phochanakij (Pom) from 4 Paws International in Thailand.

Listen to Episode 1: Rabies in South East Asia

Season 1

Episode 6: Zero by 30: Dead or Alive?

The Global Strategic Plan to achieve zero human deaths from dog mediated rabies by 2030 was published in 2018, well before the pandemic. With just 7 years to go, can “Zero by 30” still be achieved? What progress has been made since the goal was set? Does it need to be extended? Join our expert speakers as they map out priorities for the coming years.

With Dr Charles Bebay, Regional Head, Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases, Food and Agriculture Organisation, Nairobi; Dr Gregorio Torres, Head of Science, World Organisation for Animal Health, Paris; Dr Bernadette Abela, Head of Neglected Zoonotic Diseases and Snakebite, Global Program for NTDs, World Health Organization, Geneva.

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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.

Listen to Episode 1: ‘The Treatment Gap’