World Rabies Day 2018 | 28 September

World Rabies Day 2018 | 28 September

Rabies: Share the message. SAVE A LIFE



Dear OIE Regional and Sub Regional Representatives,

Dear OIE Regional Communication Correspondents,


We are now a couple of weeks away from World Rabies Day 2018!

And this year, more than ever, you can be part of the campaign by SHARING THE MESSAGE IN YOUR REGION to SAVE A LIFE.


Contribute to spread the word and enhance the visibility of OIE actions on rabies…


… through your regional website!

Share the OIE Communication tools or the link to the OIE global Rabies Portal ( on your regional website.
This portal gathers together a wide range of information on rabies and actions taken by the OIE against it throughout the world.


  • General information on rabies;
  • Posters & Infographics;
  • Information sheet;
  • Publications;
  • Videos and short animations;
  • Success stories from the countries -> We are working on new ones, if you have any proposal from your region, don’t hesitate to share it with us.


As well, you can share the tools with the regional network helping us to increase the impact and the dissemination of the campaign at national level.

Please, consider that the Communication Unit will send the tools to all the OIE Delegates and Focal Points for Communication next week.


… through the Social Media!

The OIE will actively communicate around the World Rabies Day 2018 with the following Hashtags on FacebookTwitter LinkedIn:

#Rabies  |  #Zeroby30  |  #WorldRabiesDay


A new animation on the OIE Vaccine Bank will be published to highlight the dissemination of 20 million vaccine doses to the OIE Member Countries. Be part of the discussions:

  • LIKE


You can also use the banners hereunder for your personal social media:



Languages available: EnglishFrenchSpanish




Languages available: EnglishFrenchSpanish



… through your email footer!

You can integrate one of the images below to your email signature. Just copy and paste it: the link to the OIE rabies portal is already inserted.








… through the posters!

In addition, you can download the posters developed by the Communication Unit to call for dog vaccination against rabies HERE!

  • Languages available: English, French, Spanish
  • Formats available: A2-A3-A4 (for each format, the 3 visuals are inserted in the same PDF)






Please, do not hesitate to let us know of any events in YOUR REGION that you are aware of for World Rabies Day 2018.


More information on the World Rabies Day is coming soon.

FAVA-ASCM One Health Educational Pre-congress Workshop and the 10th ASCM Meeting


FAVA-ASCM One Health Educational Pre-congress Workshop  and the 10th ASCM Meeting, 20th -22nd October, 2017, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

FAVA   and  Asian Society of Conservation Medicine, ASCM  held  One Health Educational  Pre-congress Workshop  on  20th October, 2017  at  Universiti  Malaysia  Sarawak (UNIMAS), Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.    Prof. Dr. Achariya   Sailasuta, FAVA Secretary General was an invited speaker in the topic of   Role of FAVA in  One Health in Asia  and  the invited speakers; Dr.  Pam  Whiteley (Wildlife Disease Association, Australia),   Dr. Chen- Chih Chen (National Pingtung  University of Science and Technology, Taiwan) and Prof. Dr. Junpei Kimura (Seoul National University, Korea).  During 21st – 22nd October 2017, FAVA has participated the 10th ASCM meeting in  Damai Beach Resort, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. The meeting has successfully facilitated an exchange      of information  in conservation medicine in  Asia,          and foster friendship and collaboration among Asian countries.

AVSBN 2017


FAVA collaborated with Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University  and Veterinary Council of Thailand cooperated with The Associations of Thai Veterinary Professional and International Organizations  hosting  the Workshop on ASEAN Veterinary Statutory Body Network’s Strategic Plan 2018-2020  (AVSBN 2017)



The Workshop on ASEAN Veterinary Statutory Body Network’s Strategic Plan 2018-2020 (AVSBN 2017)  was  held during  9th – 11th August, 2017  at Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and Veterinary Council of Thailand, Nonthaburi, Thailand.  In this regards, this workshop has coordinated with Department of Livestock Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Royal Thai Government , Thai Veterinary Medical Association under royal patronage (TVMA), Thailand Veterinary Dean Consortium (TVDC), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations (FAVA) and supported by the Innovative Thai-ASEAN Academic Co-operation at  Chulalongkorn University (ITAAC@CU).



The workshop features as one of flagship projects of the faculty to celebrating the ASEAN Week. The workshop was the continuous activity in a series of  veterinary forum conference which was aimed on  brainstorming, discussion, harmonization  and integration for Veterinary Statutory Body, chaired  by  Prof. Dr. Achariya Sailasuta, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University and Vice-President of Veterinary Council of Thailand. Participants of the workshop are  consisted of the representatives of the Veterinary Statutory body (VSB), VSB equivalent organization/ relevant institution of  9 ASEAN member states; Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand, academic institutions, various veterinary associations, private sectors  as well as the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, Inc, AVBC.



The workshop focuses on initiating the progress of ASEAN Veterinary Statutory Body Network. In addition, the workshop  has  also invited the keynote speakers include professional expertises from OIE, executive directors from AVBC and international laws expert, to disseminate and acquaint veterinarian in mutual understanding roles and regulations,  sustainable implement by ASEAN country-level for the Veterinary Code of conduct.  That conducts  the discussion and publish to the regional veterinary meeting/forum in order to identify more feasible approach and conform the developments,  will propelling ASEAN veterinary regulations towards Veterinary Act in the near future. This initiative is noteworthy that all participants actively contributed in sharing their experiences, challenges and recommendations for initiating VSB of  ASEAN member’s countries. The agenda of the related meeting included the progress on Term of Reference of ASEAN Veterinary Statutory Body Network (AVSBN), also brain storming on setting up the Strategic plans in 2018-2020. This actual implementation will facilitate a significant progress toward the veterinary professional responsibility in  ASEAN. Which will be coordinated by  Veterinary Council of Thailand, the 1st Chair of AVSBN for 2018  on  step forward of  the formal establishment of the movement of skill labors trading ASEAN Community in this nearly future.


World Rabies Day 2017

The ETD Bi-Weekly: Week of May 8


Happy May! Earlier this month EPT and the GVP received acclaim in Time magazine’s ‘The World is not Ready for the next Pandemic.’ Scroll on for access to that story, exciting updates from West Africa, the latest Emerging Pandemic Threats update, and a recent case study publication. At the very end you’ll find the latest from the UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention for Climate Change), a synthesis paper that  brings climate change to the One Health conversation.

Late last week, TIME magazine launched a story featuring our Predict project. The authors dive deep into the current state of viral affairs, and make a case for why we need to continue efforts to get ahead of epidemics. Read the full story here.

​May 8, 2017: Emerging Pandemic Threat update

481 poultry outbreaks, 191 wild bird outbreaks, 1 camel outbreak, and 79 human infections with 10 pathogens (various avian and swine influenza viruses, MERS-CoV, monkeypox) were reported by 24 countries between April 11 and May 7, 2017.  These outbreaks/infections occurred between November 2016 and May 2017.

Recent trends:
After several months of very high activity, H5N8 HPAI outbreaks in birds and H7N9 AI human infections ​continue to decline.  This is typical of avian influenza viruses which are at their most active between about November and March.  Because of an absence of large hospital clusters, the total number of MERS-CoV cases between January and ​April 2017 is lower than for the comparable time period in all years since 2013.

Specific pathogens and countries affected:

  • H3N2v Swine Influenza – 1 human case (USA)
    A total of 375 human infections (0.3% average case fatality rate) have been reported by 3 countries between 2009 and 2017.
  • H5N1/Asia Highly-Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) – 64 poultry outbreaks and 1 wild bird outbreak  (Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Vietnam)
    A total of 23,470 bird outbreaks (more than 250 million birds affected) and 878 human infections (52% average case fatality rate) have been reported by 67 countries between 1997 and 2017
  • H5N2 HPAI – 9 poultry outbreaks (China)
    A total of 999 bird outbreaks (more than 71.6 million birds affected) have been reported by 4 countries between 2012 and 2017; no human infections reported to date.
  • H5N6/Asia HPAI – 367 poultry outbreaks and 169 wild bird outbreaks (China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam).  415 of these outbreaks took place in November and December 2016, but were only recently reported.
    A total of 677 bird outbreaks (more than 28.9 million birds affected) and 17 human infections (35% average case fatality rate) have been reported by 6 countries between 2014 and 2017.
  • H5N8 HPAI – 41 poultry outbreaks and 20 wild bird outbreaks (Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Niger, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, UK)
    A total of 2,798 bird outbreaks (more than 19.8 million birds affected) have been reported by 46 countries between 2013 and 2017; no human infections reported to date.
  • H7N3 HPAI – 1 poultry outbreak (Mexico)
    A total of 144 bird outbreaks (more than 23.3 million birds affected) have been reported by 1 country between 2012 and 2017.  5 human infections (0% average case fatality rate) have been reported by 3 countries between 2004 and 2012.
  • H7N9/Asia LPAI and HPAI – 57 human infections (China)
    A total of 8 bird outbreaks (more than 189 thousand birds affected) and 1,421 human infections (29% average case fatality rate) have been reported by 3 countries between 2013 and 2017
  • H9N2 LPAI – 1 human infection (China)
    A total of 37 human infections (3% average case fatality rate) have been reported by 3 countries between 1999 and 2017.
  • MERS-CoV – 1 camel outbreak and 19 human infections (Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE)
    A total of 29 camel outbreaks and 1,962 human infections (36% average case fatality rate) have been reported by 27 countries between 2012 and 2017
  • Monkeypox – 1 human infection (Sierra Leone)
    A total of 2 monkey outbreaks and 770 human infections (3% average case fatality rate) have been reported by 12 countries between 1970 and 2017.

Data sources:

Guinea completes its JEE!
The Government of Guinea (Ministries of Health, Livestock, Agriculture, Environment, and Security) with UN and USG partners successfully completed the WHO Joint External Evaluation (JEE) on April 30th, 2017.  Government of Guinea experts across technical areas including surveillance, laboratory, workforce, immunization, emergency response, etc. participated in the JEE with 12 external evaluators from WHO, CDC, USDA and France. The rigorous process highlighted progress since GHSA launched in early 2016, including improved ability to prevent healthcare acquired infections (HCAI), increased biosafety & biosecurity trainings; expanded  immunization coverage and capacity; and strengthened surveillance and laboratory capacity. The animal health sector remains weak,  but the ongoing USAID GHSA activities continue to identify gaps and help to address these deficiencies.

FAO provided support to the Minister of Livestock for a site visit to the Central Veterinary Laboratory with the JEE assessors.  USAID, through FAO, is providing support for renovations and technical support to the Central Veterinary Laboratory.  While the laboratory staff are knowledgeable, the facility needs support to function; and more assistance is needed to increase surveillance for animal health and outbreaks to provide samples to the laboratory.

A few initial take- aways from the JEE-   there was excellent multi-sectoral participation,  the process continues to broaden the conversations beyond Ebola response efforts to examine capacity in other priority areas and make recommendations for improvement, and the creation of the National Agency for Health Security (ANSS) in Guinea plays a critical role in the sustainability of the increased national epidemic preparedness and response capacity. It is apparent that the Ebola funding and recovery efforts have already improved capacities in the ability to prevent, detect and respond, but there is much work left to be done in order to achieve GHSA and JEE targets. The Minister of Health, Dr. Abdourahmane Diallo,  and the DCM of the US Embassy, Hughes Ogier,  participated in the closing session. Minister Diallo discussed the importance continuing collaboration to address gaps and continues to increase capacity across JEE technical areas.
For more information visit the following page.



Ebola Vaccines for Guinea and the World: WHO meeting in Conakry Guinea
During last month’s Ebola Vaccines for Guinea and the World meeting in Conakry, global partners met to (1) emphasize the importance of collaborative efforts to address global public health emergencies, (2) celebrate success of the Ebola vaccine trails in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone; (3) recognize the Government of Guinea’s vision and leadership for the WHO vaccine ring trail; and (4) outline a WHO R&D blueprint for better preparedness and response for future outbreaks. Additionally, WHO recognized selected individuals from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia for their remarkable contributions to the Ebola response. Of note, was James Bangura, PREDICT’s country coordinator in Sierra Leone. US CDC, NIH and USAID participated in the meeting as each agency continues to make important contributions for Ebola vaccination and stockpiles

In response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, global health leaders called for the rapid development and deployment of a licensed Ebola vaccine as part of an integrated outbreak control and prevention strategy; and Gavi created a plan to respond to the Ebola crisis to help ensure access to a vaccine when it becomes available.  Beyond the vaccine discussions, Dr. Tolbert Nyenswah, the Director General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), discussed the importance of Global Health Security to expand the capacity built for the Ebola outbreak for other diseases; as evidence by their rapid response to a mysterious illness.  Sierra Leone’s Health Minister, Dr. Abu Bakar Fotanah, discussed the need for One Health efforts to prevent another outbreak. Overall the workshop served as an excellent forum to celebrate the achievements made together during the Ebola outbreak and while applied lessons learned and discussing areas for improvement.

Post-Ebola Case Study Series from HC3

The Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) has published a series of case studies examining activities and tools used in the social and behavior change communication (SBCC) strategy to improve healthy behaviors and increase demand for and use of quality reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) services in Guinea as the country continues to recover from Ebola.

Each case study highlights how HC3 is working with Guinea’s hardest hit communities to rebuild both trust in the health system and the quality of care delivered.



New UNFCCC Publication:
Human health and adaptation: understanding climate impacts on health and opportunities for action. Synthesis paper by the secretariat
Climate change presents a risk to health in a variety of ways. The health risks resulting from climate change impacts in countries are changing and the interlinkages between health, climate change and other drivers of global environmental changes are complex and need to be better understood. A large number of activities ranging from policies that are planned and implemented by governments, to various actions undertaken by intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and communities are already under way in order to address climate change impacts on health. However, a number of challenges, particularly with regard to awareness and education, as well as planning, capacity and financial mechanisms continue to limit action on the ground. In order to better protect human health from the impacts of climate change, numerous collaborative actions need to be implemented. Read the full paper here.