To mark the 10th annual World Rabies Day today (28 September), Mission Rabies is putting into practice this year’s theme of “Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate”.
More than 100 children die from rabies every day, with 99% of cases of human rabies caused by bites from infected dogs. Once symptoms of the disease develop, it is always fatal.
In its ongoing fight against the disease, Mission Rabies is making final preparations for October’s mass vaccination of dogs in the Indian state of Goa, where more than 35,000 dogs have already been vaccinated against the disease since the start of the project.
Now it is possible to follow the progress of the Mission Rabies team live on the project’s website. Using the data collected from the Mission Rabies app, the live map will show the routes the teams are taking around the region and a GPS tag for every vaccinated dog.
Also available will be video updates, blogs and social media updates from staff and volunteers as they roam the streets of Goa.
The project is sponsored by Dogs Trust, MSD Animal Health, The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust and the Worldwide Veterinary Service.
To follow the progress of Mission Rabies, search for the #MRGoa16 hashtag on Twitter.