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FOUR PAWS vaccinates 50,000 dogs and cats against rabies in Myanmar

Pilot project protects animals and humans from life-threatening infections


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Dr. Amir Khalil, veterinarian and project leader says:

"Vaccinating 50,000 stray dogs against rabies is an ambitious but much needed start. With our campaign, we want to show Myanmar and other countries in Southeast Asia that the brutal killing of free-roaming dogs is not a solution in rabies control. Only regular vaccinations of dogs protect people and animals against life-threatening rabies infections in the long term," 

Trainings for veterinarians on site

Myanmar’s Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, the local University of Veterinary Science, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) as well as the local NGO “Mingalar Myanmar” support FOUR PAWS’ mission. In total, around 50 people are deployed in 267 villages around the capital, Naypyidaw.


FOUR PAWS trained the local teams in terms of sustainable rabies prevention, proper handling of strays and safe dog catching techniques. Additionally, visits to the affected communities and the ongoing public FOUR PAWS campaign "Don’t Wait, Vaccinate!" have already created a heightened awareness in the region with the potential for residents to help bring local dogs to the mobile veterinary clinics. 


Dr. Marina Ivanova, FOUR PAWS veterinarian:
"Many people falsely believe that stray dogs tend to be more aggressive during the hot season and therefore, need to be killed before it starts. In fact, most of the strays live peacefully with the people – they belong to the communities. The residents regularly feed and play with them. That is why the dogs are very trusting,” 

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Zero rabies deaths by 2030

Myanmar supports WHO's worldwide goal of stopping the transmission of rabies from dogs to humans from 2030 onwards. The starting situation is not an easy one though. According to Myanmar’s Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, there are an estimated four million dogs in the country – seventy percent of them are probably strays. In 2017, nearly 62,000 people were bitten by dogs, forty percent of them were children under the age of fifteen. About 1,000 of these bites ended deadly due to rabies infections. 

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