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Who We Are

The United Against Rabies Forum

The United Against Rabies Forum is an inclusive network of public and private sector organisations, experts, development partners and civil society, committed to working together to end human deaths from dog-mediated rabies.

African family and dog
© World Animal Protection
African family and dog
© World Animal Protection
African family and dog
© World Animal Protection

The Forum was launched in 2020 by FAO, WOAH and WHO (the Tripartite) with the aim of accelerating and implementing a One Health approach as agreed in Zero by 30: the global strategic plan to end human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030.

The United Against Rabies Forum Steering Group sets the strategic direction of the United Against Rabies Forum.

The United Against Rabies Forum connects stakeholders so that they can collaborate and progress focused activities that contribute to the following 2024 priority objectives:

  1. Engage priority rabies-endemic countries and support development and implementation of National Strategic Plans
  2. Engage local authorities and communities to prioritise rabies elimination at the local level
  3. Facilitate access to human PEP, including supporting the implementation of Gavi’s strategy on rabies
  4. Promote improved surveillance, data sharing, and data reporting
  5. Support advocacy and resource mobilisation for rabies control

We encourage organisations to join the UAR Forum, and collectively work together to progress towards Zero by 30. We also encourage stakeholders to contribute to UAR Forum activities. The UAR Forum Activity Proposal form can be accessed here, and stakeholders can complete this and submit this to globalrabiescoordinator@woah.org if they wish to propose specific activities that the Forum should progress.

Rabies is a disease we can beat if we work together

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)

‘Rabies is one of the oldest diseases known to humans. Despite the fact that today we have highly effective vaccines against it, rabies remains a public health challenge in up to 150 countries. We have a bold vision: the global elimination of rabies by 2030. None of us can do it alone. But together, we can make rabies history.’

Dr Monique Eloit

Director General, World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH)

‘Speaking as a veterinarian, it is obvious that human and animal health are interconnected. People everywhere rely on healthy animals for their food, livelihoods and for companionship…We need all our partners in the wider animal and human health communities to join this collective endeavour. If we do pull together, we can make the elimination of human deaths from dog-mediated rabies a reality.’

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Dr Qu Dongyu

Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

‘FAO is proud to be an active partner, with WHO and OIE, in launching the United Against Rabies Forum to elevate One Health approaches to controlling rabies. With combined effort, coordination and relatively modest investment, we can beat rabies. At the same time, we will be strengthening the systems we need to fight other zoonoses and secure the lives and livelihoods of future generations.’


Members

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

World Health Organization (WHO)

World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH)

Action for Protection of Animals Africa

Adigrat University, Tigray, Ethiopia

African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR)

Agence Nationale Sécurité Sanitaire Alimentaire Nationale (ANSES)

Algerian Organisation Against Rabies

Animal and Plant Health Agency, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

Bali Animal Welfare Association

Biogénesis Bagó

Boehringer Ingelheim

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA)

Centre for Climate Change and Food Security (CCCFS)

Centro Nacional de Servicios de Diagnóstico en Salud Animal, Mexico

Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Cote d’Ivoire (CSRS)

Ceva Santé Animale

Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC)

CreIndia, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Department of Health Promotion and Hygiene, Municipality of Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso 

Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Cross River State Ministry of Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries Development, Nigeria

Direction Générale des Services Vétérinaires, Burkina Faso

Disease Investigation Farm/Regional Laboratory, Bono-East, Ghana

Dogs Trust Worldwide

Echbee Vet Ventures

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

FOUR PAWS International

Federal Research Institute for Animal Health: Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI)

German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC)

Help in Suffering

Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania

Indus Hospital & Health Network

Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Sante, Burkina Faso (IRSS)

Institut Pasteur du Cambodge

Institut Pasteur, France

International Companion Animal Management Coalition (ICAM)

Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe)

Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Karnataka Veterinary, Animals and Fisheries Sciences University, India

Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (KSPCA)

Latin American Society for Travel Medicine (SLAMVI)

Mbwa Wa Africa Animal Rescue

Mérieux Foundation

MSD Animal Health

Mission Rabies

Murdoch University

National Food Agency, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia

National Veterinary Institute, Nigeria

One Health Alliance Jordan

One Health Dog Equity Inc

Oshun Partnership

Pak One Health Alliance

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Philippines

Serum Institute of India

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (STPH)

The BIG FIX Uganda

The Institute for Diagnosis and Animal Health, Romania

The Webinar Vet

Ukraine War Animals Relief Fund

University of Abuja

University of Edinburgh

University of Glasgow

University of Jos

University of Missouri

University of Nairobi

University of Pennsylvania

University of Surrey

University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC)

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières International

Veterinary Association of Namibia

Veterinary Services and Animal Health, Israel

Washington State University

Wing of Research in Local Development (WORLD)

Zoetis


Man and dog

What we do

Providing a space to coordinate, share information and best practice to eliminate dog-mediated rabies.

Happy African woman and dog

How to join

Rabies is a disease we can beat – if we work together! Will you join us?