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Program Update - Feb 2019

Feb 1, 2019

John and Rachel Clark are driven to prevent rabies in Africa. 

So driven in fact that they’ve packed up their kids for a few trips to Malawi, where John grew up, to host rabies vaccination clinics. They started small with administering 500 vaccines a couple of years ago. Last year the popularity of their clinics grew to the point that Rabies Free Africa donated 15,000 doses of the vaccines (given to us by Merck Animal Health) to them so they could vaccinate in many more villages in northern Malawi. This year they are working with the government to form a rabies task force and setting up another vaccination campaign in the summer.   

The Clarks own Community Veterinary Clinic in Vero Beach, Florida. While always passionate about Africa (that is where they met), hearing about the Rabies Free Africa program at WSU is what inspired them to start the vaccination clinics in Malawi, now known as Rabies Warriors

“We do this because the cause is important to us,” says Rachel. “What we discovered is that it is important to our clients too. We even had a client post a Yelp review that said our community involvement is one factor that keeps them returning. That reinforced the idea that being involved in the community makes good business sense and eliminating rabies is the cause that is important to us.”

John and Rachel are hosting a Rally for Rabies Tennis Tournament in Vero Beach in late March to raise support for Rabies Free Africa and they work they do in Malawi. We encourage all our partners to find unique ways to raise money or promote the program – then send us pictures!

Beyond Vaccination