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World Rabies Day - Sept 2021

Sep 21, 2021
Employee Spotlight: Sarah Mollel

Boy in Tanzania holding a puppy

World Rabies Day is this month! Join us in raising awareness and support of this important cause in September.

“Public health officials around the world raised concerns about recommended vaccines that were skipped due to COVID,” says Dr. Guy Palmer, director of Rabies Free Africa. “We are seeing the results of this with the suspension of importation of dogs from countries classified as high risk for canine rabies. Many rabies vaccination programs were suspended during the pandemic. Due to low COVID-19 vaccination rates and the Delta variant in many countries, these programs have not been restarted or are slowly starting now. By working together on World Rabies Day, we can keep more people and animals safe from rabies.”
It is easy to participate. An online toolkit is available with suggestions for ways to promote the program at your clinic and marketing materials. You can also reach out to us at rabiesfreeafrica@wsu.edu to talk about ideas.

Employee Spotlight: Sarah Mollel

Sarah Mollel

Meet Sarah Mollel, the Program Coordinator for Global Animal Health Tanzania. Sarah works closely with the Rabies Free Tanzania team to coordinate vaccination clinics and research.

Where do you live?
I live in Arusha.
What is your role in the program?
I am the Country Programs Coordinator in Tanzania.
Why is it important to eliminate rabies?
As a one of the deadliest diseases, rabies threatens lives of both animals and human beings. Therefore, it is important to control, and possibly eliminate, rabies to prevent human deaths and alleviate its burden in animal species.
Can you see the program having an impact?
For the past four (4) years that I have worked with the program, tons of dogs have been vaccinated across the Mara region. We have also donated multiple vaccines to other local institutions across the country to fight against rabies. This proves that the program is quite impactful since the number of cases in the vaccinated areas is decreasing as the days go by compared to the past.
What do you do when you are not fighting rabies?
I love spending time with my family whenever there is an opportunity to be with them. I am also a makeup artist. I use my free time to improve my skills by glamming people’s appearances for different occasions.

World Rabies Day in Seattle

If you are in the greater Seattle area, we invite you to volunteer with the joint World Rabies Day event that is serving people experiencing homelessness or who are low-income with pets. A multi-site clinic is being hosted on Saturday, September 25 from noon-3pm in South Seattle, Southcenter and Kent.

Partners include Doney Coe Pet Clinic, One Health Clinic, Rainier Animal Fund, Regional Animal Services of King County, Seattle Animal Shelter and Seattle Humane. Volunteers with and without veterinary experience are welcome. For more information or to volunteer, email onehealthclinic@wsu.edu.