Report on Rabies Education and Prevention 2013

rabies12.jpgDURATION: AUGUST 1 TO SEPTEMBER 30, 2013

SPONSOR: GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR RABIES CONTROL

DATE OF SUBMISSION: OCTOBER 7, 2013

The Liberia Animal Welfare and Conservation Society (LAWCS) is grateful to Global Alliance for Rabies Control for funding the printing of posters and flyers which were used to educate community people and school children in Voinjama District about rabies education and prevention.

A team from LAWCS was actively involved in creating awareness in various communities and schools in Voinjama District from September 1 to 30, 2013. The team met and inspired 104 community members in four communities, namely: Looking town Community, Tebormai Community, New Life Community and New Voinjama Community. The team also visited 10 schools and interacted with 10,027 school children on rabies education and dog bite prevention. The schools are: Voinjama Public School, Voinjama Arabic School, Selega Public school, Kabata Public school, Lawalazu Public school, Tennebu Public School, New Life Community School, Kids Connection Day Care School, Kintorma Community School and Ajezu Public School.

Rabies is a deadly neglected disease with little or no education in Liberia. 98% of the people met have no formal knowledge or education on rabies. The programme targeted communities where the number of dogs is high. Educating adults and children about rabies is an important step in promoting one health policy in Liberia.

The teachers, school children and community people expressed thanks and gratitude to LAWCS and the sponsor- Global Alliance for Rabies Control for undertaken this educative and helpful initiative that will help to reduce rabies incident in the various communities.

On behalf of the Liberia Animal Welfare and Conservation Society, I want to again extend thanks and appreciation to Global Alliance for Rabies Control for their timely support in empowering us to educate community people and children about this dreaded disease- rabies.

We hope to also receive similar support next year to extend to other communities and schools with the initiative.

Thanks,

Morris Darbo

Program Coordinator

Liberia Animal Welfare and Conservation Society

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