What is World Rabies Day?
When is World Rabies Day? World Rabies Day is held annually on September 28. It is the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur, who developed the first rabies vaccine and laid the foundations of rabies prevention. What is World Rabies Day? World Rabies Day is held on September 28 every year with hundreds of thousands of people organizing or participating in events to celebrate rabies prevention efforts and unite against rabies. Whether you’re a veterinarian, a medical professional, a teacher, or even someone who just cares about your community, it is a chance to organize or take part in an event that raises awareness about rabies and its prevention.
It is the first and only global advocacy, education, and awareness campaign for rabies. It has the support of all international health organizations and major stakeholders including the WHO, OIE, FAO and CDC.
It has reached millions of people with rabies prevention messages and is part of rabies control programmes in many parts of the world. And World Rabies Day continues to reach new audiences: in 2018 almost 200 events were registered on the GARC website, from over 60 countries.
2019 – Rabies: Vaccinate to Eliminate. Each year a different theme is selected for World Rabies Day. This year’s theme is Rabies: Vaccinate to Eliminate. It focuses on the foundation of all rabies control efforts. The theme, can be used to raise awareness at many levels, for example: To ensure that dogs are kept vaccinated - as a reminder to dog owners, animal health professionals and local governments To help people in need to seek and obtain PEP – through human health professionals and educators To commit to the 2030 goal of eliminating rabies deaths – with national governments putting resources into rabies elimination
Source: 2019 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.