In this feature, HealthforAnimals Executive Director Carel
du Marchie Sarvaas, talks through the target agreed by the
World Health Organization, the World Organisation for
Animal Health, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization
and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (which
coordinates World Rabies Day), which is to reduce human
deaths from canine rabies to zero by 2030. While many
health professionals think of rabies as a problem of the
past, the 2030 target highlights the devastating impact the
disease still has in many parts of the world. Africa and Asia
account for 99 per cent of human deaths from a disease
that disproportionately impacts poor, rural communities.

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