Capacity building

GARC provides tools and training to build in-country skills and knowledge on essential elements of rabies control programmes, enabling countries to strengthen their efforts to eliminate rabies in a systematic way. Our most comprehensive in-country capacity building has been in the Philippines (at the country level as well as in the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Sorsogon) and Indonesia

  • Advocacy tools

    World Rabies Day

    World Rabies Day is a global day of awareness. Governments, organisations and individuals hold events on this day that highlight their work and educate their communities. GARC provides an event platform and resources to increase their impact and share their work with other rabies stakeholders across the world.

    Case studies

    Case studies of completed and ongoing rabies programmes provide valuable learning points for implementers and the evidence can help convince donors and policy makers to increase resources for rabies  control and elimination.

    Some examples include GARC's rabies programmes in Bohol and Ilocos Norte in the Philippines, and those detailed in the Rationale for Investment in Canine rabies.

    Health economics

    Governments, donors and health care providers require information about the financial costs and benefits of rabies elimination programmes to make informed decisions about resourcing these initiatives.

    GARC has been working on various projects to provide this type of information, from the reassessment of the burden of rabies, to economic evaluations of rabies programmes and examining the cost effectiveness of various rabies control strategies.

  • Planning tools

    Blueprint for Canine Rabies Prevention and Control

    The  Blueprint for Canine Rabies Prevention and Control is a free online resource developed by global rabies experts to enable ministries and other interested parties to help themselves through the process of designing, implementing and evaluating a large scale rabies control programme.  The Canine Rabies Blueprint incorporates the Stepwise Approach towards Rabies Elimination (SARE).

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    Stepwise Approach towards Rabies Elimination (SARE)

    The Stepwise Approach towards Rabies Elimination (SARE) is part of the Canine Rabies Blueprint. It is a practical planning, monitoring and evaluation tool to guide, develop and refine rabies control programmes, providing measurable steps, designed as a logical flow of activities, to progress from Stage 0 to Stage 5, in efforts towards freedom from dog-transmitted rabies.

    Blueprint for Fox Rabies Prevention and Control

    The Blueprint for Fox Rabies Prevention and Control has been developed by global rabies experts to provide guidance for countries who are working on the control or elimination of terrestrial wildlife rabies (with fox rabies as a template) using the oral rabies vaccination (ORV) strategy. 

    The Blueprint includes information from international health agencies, published field data, and case reports for practical examples of how human rabies can be prevented through effective fox rabies control and elimination.

    GDREP - A planning tool for mass dog vaccination

    The US CDC has developed a user-friendly tool, the Global Dog Rabies Elimination Pathway (GDREP) tool, to help public health officials plan the resources needed to achieve rabies elimination by 2030 through mass vaccination of dogs. GARC is pleased to make an online version available to a wider audience. 

    Learn more about the GDREP

  • Surveillance tools

    Rabies Surveillance Blueprint

    The Rabies Surveillance Blueprint has been developed by global rabies experts to provide guidance to countries that are planning to improve their rabies surveillance. It provides user-friendly information to help countries understand how to conduct surveillance, how to report data, and how to use this data to improve rabies control in any species. 

    Surveillance training

    Rabies surveillance is vital for any rabies control or elimination programme and helps to put and maintain the disease on the agenda of public and veterinary health authorities as well as policy makers.

    To improve surveillance data, GARC is training national government surveillance workers on techniques for diagnosing rabies that can be used with less specialised equipment in decentralised laboratories and even in the field.

    Rabies Epidemiological Bulletin

    The Rabies Epidemiological Bulletin (REB) is a regional rabies-specific disease surveillance platform that acts as a centralised data gathering and analysis tool for countries to support the implementation of their rabies elimination plans. It also helps to increase support for rabies elimination by providing a more accurate picture of the situation in each country. 

    Learn more about the REB.

    GARC Data Logger

    The GARC Data Logger (GDL) is a custom-developed, hand-held, easy-to-use tool to collect data during mass canine vaccination campaigns. 

    Learn more about the benefits of the GDL and how to use it.  

  • Education tools

    GARC Education Platform (GEP)

    The GARC Education Platform has a growing series of free online courses to provide knowledge and training to engaged community members and rabies professionals, including community educators (Rabies Educator Certificate), animal vaccinators (Animal Handling and Vaccination Certificate), community coordinators (Community Coordinator for Rabies Certificate) and human health professionals (Rabies Healthcare Certificate). 

    Learn more about how these courses are being used to support rabies elimination efforts.

    Educating children

    GARC shares educational resources  in different languages and welcomes new materials from other organisations. 

    GARC country support has included both school-based and out-of-school interventions, with teacher training and country-specific materials.