To date FOUR PAWS has vaccinated 58,386 animals in 515 villages against rabies, one of the deadliest diseases in Myanmar.
The rabies vaccination project "Don't Wait Vaccinate" has received such positive results we have now pledged to vaccinate 50,000 animals each year for the next five years!
A team of 40 people, including local and international veterinarians and partner organizations, made the pilot project of the mission successful. They vaccinated almost 60,000 animal in just TWO months!
"The first 50,000 vaccinations were a big challenge, but thanks to the great collaboration between teams we were able to reach our goal quickly. Now that the project is finished, we will evaluate the results and start preparations for the next year,”
- Dr Marina Ivanova, FOUR PAWS veterinarian participating on the project
"Our fight against rabies continues. We have committed to vaccinate 50,000 animals per year over the next five years. FOUR PAWS will continue to provide expertise to develop a sustainable and efficient rabies program in Myanmar."
- Dr. Amir Khalil, FOUR PAWS veterinarian and Head of the Myanmar Vaccination project
The fight against rabies is a long-term one
The rabies virus is a dangerous threat and the fight to eradicate it is a crucial one.
The FOUR PAWS project "Don’t Wait Vaccinate" aims to vaccinate 50,000 dogs and cats yearly while educating the public about companion animals. The overall goal of the mission is to help eradicate rabies in Myanmar by 2030.
But doing so will be no easy task.
According to the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, an estimated four million dogs live in the country. Due to this large population, FOUR PAWS believes it's equally important to vaccinate, educate the public, and raise awareness about rabies: killing the infected animals is not a long term solution.
Solidarity against rabies
The Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, volunteers of Blue Cross of India as well as local NGO “Mingalar Myanmar” supported FOUR PAWS’ mission.
FOUR PAWS trained local teams on sustainable rabies prevention, proper handling of strays and safe dog catching techniques. Visits to the affected communities and the ongoing FOUR PAWS public awareness campaign have already created a positive impact among the locals.
These project initiatives will continue over the next five years.
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