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FOUR PAWS surpasses goal in fight against rabies, vaccinating over 50,000 dogs and cats in Myanmar



© FOUR PAWS | Amanda Mustard

Animal protection group commits to ongoing five-year program

 

International animal protection organisation, FOUR PAWS, has surpassed its goal of vaccinating 50,000 dogs and cats against rabies in Myanmar. After two months, the team vaccinated 58,386 animals.

 

According to the World Health Organisation, around 1,000 people die as a result of infectious dog bites in Myanmar each year. As common in many countries, authorities often kill stray dogs because of the fear of rabies and the lack of available information.

 

FOUR PAWS started the mass vaccination program together with local and international authorities in Myanmar to stop the unnecessary murdering of strays and to save the lives of humans threatened by infectious bites.

During the pilot project, the dedicated FOUR PAWS team of 40 people, including local and international veterinarians and partner organisations, vaccinated over 34,000 dogs and cats in 275 villages around the capital Naypyidaw, as well as over another 23,000 animals in the ancient city of Bagan.

 

“Our fight against rabies continues. We have committed to vaccinate 50,000 animals per year in the next five years. FOUR PAWS will continue to provide expertise and know-how to develop a sustainable and efficient rabies program in Myanmar,” said FOUR PAWS veterinarian and head of the project Dr Amir Khalil.


FOUR PAWS mission in Myanmar


The fight against rabies is a long-term one

Rabies remains a dangerous threat and the fight to eradicate it is a crucial one, therefore FOUR PAWS launched the ambitious project with the “Don’t wait vaccinate – Together we save lives” campaign.

 

By vaccinating almost 60,000 animals, FOUR PAWS’ pilot project reinforces Myanmar's and WHO’s plans to eradicate rabies by 2030. This is a difficult mission, as according to Myanmar’s Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, there are an estimated four million dogs in the country. The Department, volunteers of Blue Cross as well as the local NGO “Mingalar Myanmar” support FOUR PAWS’ mission.

During the project, FOUR PAWS trained the local teams in terms of sustainable rabies prevention, proper handling of strays and safe dog and cat catching techniques.

 

Additionally, visits to the affected communities and the ongoing FOUR PAWS public awareness campaign have already created a positive impact among the locals as well as in the region and will continue to do so as the project continues.

 

For more information: FOUR PAWS to vaccinate 50,000 stray dogs against rabies in Myanmar




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