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World Rabies Day 2023: Uniting for One Health

Today, September 28th, 2023, the global community come together to observe the 17th World Rabies Day. Established by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) and recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), this annual event aims to raise awareness about rabies, the world’s deadliest infectious disease, and promote the importance of One Health 1 2 .

The theme for World Rabies Day 2023 is “All for 1, One Health for All.” This theme builds on the success of previous One Health initiatives and emphasizes the interconnectedness between human, animal, and environmental health 3 . It highlights the fact that addressing rabies requires collaboration and a holistic approach that considers the well-being of all living beings 4 .

Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system and is transmitted through the saliva of infected animals, most commonly through bites 2 . It poses a significant public health challenge, causing tens of thousands of deaths every year, primarily in Asia and Africa 1 . However, rabies is preventable through vaccination, responsible pet ownership, and community education 5 .

World Rabies Day serves as an opportunity to educate communities, policymakers, and healthcare professionals about the importance of rabies prevention and control measures. It aims to empower individuals to take action in their communities and advocate for policies that prioritize rabies elimination 2 .

Various activities are organized worldwide to mark this important day. These may include vaccination campaigns, educational workshops, awareness walks, and seminars by experts in the field. These initiatives aim to engage the public, raise awareness about rabies prevention, and strengthen the collaboration between different sectors involved in rabies control 5 .

Participating in World Rabies Day can make a significant impact. By spreading awareness about rabies and the importance of One Health, we can work towards a world where no one suffers from this preventable disease. Join the global movement and be a part of the solution by sharing information about World Rabies Day on social media, organizing local events, or supporting vaccination campaigns 3 .

World Rabies Day 2023 is a reminder that our actions can make a difference in the fight against rabies. Let us come together, unite for One Health, and strive to protect the lives of both humans and animals from this deadly disease 5 . Remember, it only takes one bite to transmit rabies, but together, we can make a lasting impact.

 

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