Rabies is one of the world’s most deadly and feared diseases.
Rabies is an infectious viral disease which is endemic in Sri Lanka. Once an animal or human develops symptoms, death is inevitable. But, it does not have to be this way; a rabies vaccination can save a life.
Mass Rabies Vaccination Programs are the answer
The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that mass canine vaccination programs are the most effective measure for eradicating rabies. Vaccinating 70% of the dogs in an area is necessary to control the disease in both humans and dogs.
Mission Rabies Sri Lanka
For the 3rd year running Dogstar Foundation is proud to be the Mission Rabies country partner in Sri Lanka. working with Mission team of staff and volunteers and Using the Mission Rabies App on a smartphone, we record the GPS location of every rabies vaccination given, as well as the dog’s gender, sterilization-status and body condition before marking the dog with a temporary paint marker. This work allows us to conduct scientific evidence-based re-sight surveys to ensure our programs achieve the desired coverage. During the Mission Rabies Sri Lanka 2015 and 2016 mass vaccination program in Negombo, Teams vaccinated over 12000 dogs achieving 77% immunization coverage.
Mission Rabies Sri Lanka field team 2017
- 9 International volunteers joined our local teams to vaccinate 4,523 dogs across the Northern Katana district, combining this with 427 canine sterilisations delivered by Dogstar’s mobile spay neuter team
- 3 teams walked through every ward going door-to-door looking for owned dogs, a static vaccination point was made using the field sterilisation team and the newest addition to the team – the flying squad – was used to cover every ward catching the free-roaming dogs
- The combination of these specialist teams meant that 79% overall coverage was achieved!!
For more information about how to get involved with Mission Rabies Sri Lanka 2018