Corporate veterinary group CVS is to donate 20,000 syringes to Mission Rabies to be used as part of an upcoming project in Malawi.

The initiative from Worldwide Veterinary Services (WVS) and Dogs Trust runs mass dog vaccination campaigns in rabies hot spots around the world.

The syringes will be used in the city of Blantyre, which records the highest annual rate of child rabies deaths in Africa.

WVS provides veterinary resources to help animal welfare charities and not-for-profit organisations around the world with rabies control a particular focus.

Luke Gamble, WVS chief executive, said: “Rabies is a global problem and leads to the suffering and premature deaths of many thousands of people and dogs.

“In 2013 we ran a mass vaccination programme in India during which we vaccinated 117,858 dogs. We are now focusing on other high-risk countries, including Malawi, in our quest to eliminate rabies from the world by 2030.

“We are very grateful for this fantastic donation from CVS, which is a strong supporter of our work. Children are dying almost daily in Blantyre from rabies, yet their deaths are entirely preventable. Our work in Malawi next year will be the first step in starting to rid the city – and the country – of this dreadful disease.”

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