Friday, 16 August 2013

MISSION RABIES -MADURAI SEP 1-13


Mission Rabies logo of pawprint map marker Mission Rabies

key facts

Every 2 seconds someone is bitten by a dog in India and around 24 people a day suffer an excruciating death from rabies - over half of which are children.
Post-bite immunisations cost the Indian economy over $25million a year, yet more people die of rabies in India than anywhere else in the world. In response to this, local authorities often indiscriminately and inhumanely kill large numbers of dogs, in the hope of preventing this frightening disease. These efforts have been shown to be ineffective at controlling the disease and in some situations can increase the spread as street dogs move into vacant neighbouring territories following a cull.




what is mission rabies?

In September 2013, we aim to vaccinate 50,000 dogs in 30 days.  And that's just the beginning...

Over 99% of cases of human rabies are caused by an infected dog bite. Once symptoms of the disease develop, it is always fatal.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of healthy dogs are inhumanely killed for fear of this deadly disease. However, this doesn't halt the spread of rabies to people, and India remains the world's hotspot for the disease with over a third of all deaths reported to occur here.
Mission Rabies is going to change that.
Vaccinating dogs against rabies has been proven to stop the spread of the disease to people and saves the lives of humans and dogs.

  • This September, Mission Rabies will travel across India with the world's most high-tech, all-terrain mobile veterinary hospital, vaccinating 50,000 dogs in just 30 days, in 10 rabies hotspots.
But that's just the start.

  • The truck will continue travelling around India running surgical training courses and teaching vets the skills required to run neutering and vaccine campaigns
  • We will be back with a mass vaccination campaign every September thereafter, to coincide with World Rabies Day.
  • We will set up the first India National Rabies Network – not only to distribute nationwide subsidised quality vaccine, but also to record where the vaccines are being administered and who is administering them.
  • We will target the vaccination of 2 million dogs over the next three years in the key rabies areas – our pledge is to ensure sustainability in our endeavour to make a long term difference.


WHY INDIA?

India remains the world's hotspot for the disease with over a third of all deaths reported to occur there.
Vaccinating dogs against rabies has been proven to stop the spread of the disease to people and saves the lives of humans and dogs.
Our incredible veterinary hospital truck will be used to expand our surgical training programme, giving Indian vets the skills they need to humanely control street dog populations through neutering.
Mission Rabies will save the lives of people and dogs across India and we need you to be a part of it. Come with us on our journey.

partners

Dogs Trust, WVS, Davies Veterinary Specialists, Fitzpatrick Referrals, BSAVA, Commonwealth Veterinary Association, WSAVA, Technik Technology, Vipex, WTG, Pet Air, Mayhew International, BCF Technology, Centaur Services, AGM Telematics, AST, Daray Medical, Medimark Scientific, MSD Animal Health, Starleaf, University of Bristol, W&H, ABC India, A1 Animals Come First, Humane Animal Society, Animal Rescue Kerala, International Animal Rescue, Just be Friendly, IPAN, TOLFA, Animal Aid Unlimited, Indian Veterinary Association, AWBI, APCRI, VSPCA and CARE.

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