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Rabies: rationale for investing in the global elimination of dog-mediated human rabies

Produced by: World Health Organization

14 December 2015


Rabies is a global public health problem with important socioeconomic impacts. Human rabies is preventable; almost all cases are transmitted through the bite of a rabid dog. Elimination of human rabies is possible. Technical support and tools are available.

This report covers:
  • Why investment is needed: key rationale.
  • Investment purpose: global elimination of rabies.
  • Investment in action: four case examples in Philippines, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Bangladesh.
  • Summary results of case examples: Programme similarities and differences, and Health impact success stories from case examples.