Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health
Rabies
Working together with international partners to eliminate rabies as a cause of human suffering and death

Rabies

Combining vaccine research with community-based canine vaccination programs, the WSU Paul G. Allen School for Global Health leads in the development and deployment of the vaccination strategies needed to eliminate rabies worldwide.

The Allen School works with international partners to eliminate rabies as a cause of human suffering and death as part of the Zero by 30 initiative, the global strategic plan to end human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030.

Each year more than 60,000 people die from rabies, with more than 99% of the cases contracted from a dog bite. The deaths are mostly in Africa, India, and other parts of Asia, and one-half of the deaths occur in children under the age of 16.

Our scientists are conducting research to:

  • Understand the effectiveness of canine rabies vaccines under different storage and distribution conditions, such as temperature
  • Develop cost-effective approaches to deliver the vaccine at scale across remote landscapes

Rabies Free Africa

Kenya

WSU Global Health-Kenya researchers are working to identify community-based programs that are replicable across the globe. To reach the goal set in Zero by 30, governments in each country must invest in interventions for their citizens.

Ultimately, rabies elimination in Africa requires regional cooperation. A rabies-free Kenya is only protected from incursions from neighboring countries when they, too, control for rabies.

– Dr. Thumbi Mwangi, veterinarian and assistant professor of epidemiology

Tanzania

WSU Global Health-Tanzania, in collaboration with the Serengeti Health Initiative, works to control rabies through mass dog rabies vaccination campaigns. The focus is to decrease the cost of delivering canine rabies vaccines to communities and find solutions for transporting vaccines to remote areas and resource-poor communities.

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Questions about giving? Contact Christie Cotterill or 206-219-2402.

Join us to ensure no one dies from rabies. A gift of any amount to Rabies Free Africa will move us closer to a world where no one dies from rabies. If you are a veterinary clinic, consider a $1 donation for each rabies vaccine you give your animal patients. For more information about how to be a supporting clinic, contact Christie Cotterill or 206-219-2402.