Eliminating rabies

In response to growing concerns of dog-bite incidents in Karachi, a pilot project, in which this writer participated, was formed under the aegis of Indus Hospital Research Centre from January to December 2018. The project was implemented in Ibrahim Hyderi, selected because of its proximity to the hospital, and recorded outbreaks of rabies from within the village. The mission was in collaboration with Karachi’s leading veterinarians, animal-right activists, community engagement experts, doctors and researchers. At the start, the community was engaged and a baseline of dog count established. Dog-catchers were trained by an international expert, and veterinarians were trained for animal birth control. Animal vaccines were provided by the WHO, and funding was partially provided by the KMC, along with donations from members of civil society.

Naseem Salahuddin in DAWN

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