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GARC Rabies Epidemiological Bulletin

Provider: Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC)


Rabies Surveillance; Dog Vaccination Campaign Implementation; Dog Population Management

Resource Language

English; French; Spanish (partial); Portuguese (partial)

Who is it for?

Animal vaccination program personnel; Rabies control program managers; Health care providers; Community awareness and education personnel; Rabies surveillance program personnel (animal and human health)




The Rabies Epidemiological Bulletin (REB) is a free-to-use, comprehensive, One Health rabies surveillance system for anyone interested in rabies elimination, including local and national governments, NGOs, and the private sector.

The REB has a mobile phone app for in-field data collection. It has been designed as a tool for users to easily and rapidly collect meaningful human and animal rabies data that is automatically analysed by the system, with easy to interpret and highly visual outputs.

The data aligns with international data collection indicators (WHO and WOAH) and Minimum Data Elements suggested by UAR Forum.

The REB is the overarching system which contains multiple fit-for-purpose tools that can be implemented in a “building block” manner – enabling users to use one tool, multiple, or all tools.

All data from the various tools are analysed together as the tools interoperate seamlessly with one another.

All data collected belongs to the user.

UAR Evaluation Matrix

GARC Rabies Epidemiological Bulletin Evaluation Graph

Evaluations are performed using the ‘UAR Evaluation Matrix’, a rabies-specific tool evaluation instrument adapted from the FAO-WOAH-WHO Tripartite Surveillance and Information Sharing Operational Tool evaluation process and instrument.

Accessibility 9

Focuses on i) logistics for accessing and using the tool, ii) the platforms on which the tool runs (if applicable), iii) relevant costs, and iv) the level of user support that is provided by the developer/manufacturer.

Data collection and needs 8.3

Focuses on the type of data that is captured by the tool.

Data management and utility 8.9

Focuses on the data analysis and outputs provided by the tool

Data storage and protection 8

Focuses on data ownership, protection and storage.

Flexibility 8

Focuses on the interoperability of the tool and its adaptability for use in different contexts or scenarios.

Ease of use and training needs 8.7

Focuses on the training requirements, including the level of complexity and difficulty to navigate and understand the tool as well as the technical or operational skillsets that are required to use the tool.

Sustainability 10

Focuses on the different scenarios that indicate how sustainable the tool has been and whether it has been thoroughly field-tested for implementation.

Total Score 86.9%


Athingo R, Tenzin T, Coetzer A, Hikufe EH, Peter J, et al. (2020) Application of the GARC Data Logger—a custom-developed data collection device—to capture and monitor mass dog vaccination campaigns in Namibia. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 14(12): e0008948.

Scott, T, Coetzer A, Fahrio A, Nel L (2017) Addressing the Disconnect between the Estimated, Reported, and True Rabies Data: The Development of a Regional African Rabies Bulletin. Front. Vet. Sci., 20 February 2017 |