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Stepwise Approach towards Rabies Elimination (SARE)

Provider: Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC)


Program and Strategy

Resource Language

English, French

Who is it for?

Policymakers or government agency officials; rabies control program managers




The Stepwise Approach towards Rabies Elimination (SARE) has been developed as a practical planning and monitoring and evaluation tool to guide, develop, and refine rabies control programs.

By using the SARE, a national government can develop a comprehensive rabies elimination strategy that aligns with international recommendations, including the UAR.

It also generates a defined work plan to action the outcomes from the evaluation. The work plan is supported by global tools, structures and resources – ensuring progress and success towards achieving dog-mediated human rabies elimination by 2030.

UAR Evaluation Matrix

SARE Evaluation Bar Chart
Evaluations are performed using the ‘UAR Evaluation Matrix’, a rabies-specific tool evaluation instrument adapted from the FAO-OIE-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 10.0

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

Data management and utility 9.2

Focuses on the data analysis and outputs provided by the tool

Data storage and protection 9

Focuses on data ownership, protection and storage.

Flexibility 4

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 9.2

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 84.4%

Find out more and register interest

Find out how SARE is key to eliminating dog-mediated rabies and register your interest in conducting a SARE on our Rabies Roadmap page.


1) Coetzer, A et al (2016) The SARE tool for rabies control: Current experience in Ethiopia. Antiviral Research, Vol 135. Nov 2016

2) Djegui et al (2022) Capacity Building Efforts for Rabies Diagnosis in Resource-Limited Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case Report of the Central Veterinary Laboratory in Benin(Parakou) Front. Vet. Sci., 18 January 2022