Join clinics from across the country to create a world where no one dies from rabies.
Rabies Free Africa is empowering countries in east Africa to create self-sustaining programs to eliminate current human rabies deaths and set up surveillance systems to identify future outbreaks for containment.
To reach the global goal by 2030, the focus needs to be on decreasing the cost of vaccinating dogs and increasing access to vaccines. Rabies Free Africa continues its work to discover ways to decrease the cost of mass-dog vaccinations and refine country and continent-wide programs that make the best use of limited resources.
Ways to Partner
Veterinary hospital partners find creative ways to promote the program that fit with individual business models, company culture and community needs. This can include fundraising around a specific project, like those listed below, or donating $1 per rabies vaccine administered at your clinic (the most popular option). Another idea is hosting a free or reduced-cost rabies vaccination clinic and requesting donations – great option for areas with low vaccination rates.
“We were excited to join the Rabies Free Africa campaign because it gives us an opportunity to help animals and humans (especially children) that are directly affected by this deadly virus. Rabies is a disease with a real possibility of elimination and we are proud to be a part of that effort. Go Cougs!”
-- Kathleen Paulson, DVM owner of Cascade Heights Veterinary Center, Seattle
If your veterinary clinic is looking for additional information on how to promote Rabies Free Africa, contact Christie Cotterill at 206-219-2402 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fund a Project
$100 Slip Leads
Dogs come to the vaccination sites secured by string, twine or worse, wire. Many times, there is nothing connecting them to their owner or they are carried in makeshift containers. A donation of $100 will provide slip leads for a village so children can bring dogs safely to the sites. Plus, the leads have the toll-free number bite victims can call to find out how to treat the wound and if they should seek post-exposure prophylaxis.
$250 Cat Care and Handling
Cats also get rabies and transmit it to humans, however vaccination rates in East Africa are very low. Owners are not knowledgeable on how to handle cats safely and humanely and the result is predictable — the cats don’t make it to the central point vaccination clinics. Even for the cats that make it to the clinic, many fail to be vaccinated or scratch and bite their owners. Basic handling clinics prior to having a village vaccination will both increase vaccination rates and strengthen the bond between cats and their owners.
$500 Sponsor a Village in Tanzania
Rabies Free Africa hosts central point mass-dog vaccination clinics in both Kenya and Tanzania. A gift of $500 will support this year’s vaccination program in Robanda, a small village in Serengeti District, Tanzania. The Rabies Free Tanzania team vaccinates around the Serengeti National Park with a goal of preventing rabies within human, companion, livestock and wildlife populations.
$1,000 Sponsor a Community in Malawi
A gift of $1,000 will vaccinate dogs in several small fishing villages along the Northern Shore of Lake Malawi. The Rabies Free Malawi team visits the villages to ensure they have access to the rabies vaccine as the people have little access to any veterinary or medical services.
$2,500 Sponsor a Village in Kenya
A gift of $2500 will support this year’s mass-dog vaccination program in Sakwa in Siaya County, Kenya where 7,000 dogs are vaccinated annually. The Rabies Free Kenya team uses research from the program to create a toolkit for countries across Africa to use when estimating resources needed to eliminate rabies.
$5,000 Sponsor a Maasai Vaccination Campaign
A gift of $5,000 will support a vaccination campaign in Suyenya, a Maasai pastoral community in Ngorongoro District, Tanzania. As Maasai live in dispersed households (called “bomas”), the Rabies Free Tanzania team travels throughout this remote community to visit each boma and vaccinate the family’s dogs and cats. This “boma-to-boma strategy” is necessary to ensure the elimination in these hard-to-reach regions.
All partners and supporters are encouraged to share the message on websites, social media and other online and in-person channels. Digital and printed resources can be found on the Clinic Toolkit page.