The Webinar "World Rabies Day: Global Opportunities & Challenges to Rabies Detection, Prevention & Control" Organized by One Health & Implementation Research has been Successfully Held

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The webinar "World Rabies Day: Global Opportunities & Challenges to Rabies Detection, Prevention & Control" organized by One Health & Implementation Research and chaired by Prof. Charles E. Rupprecht, CEO of Lyssa LLC, from Auburn University, Auburn, USA, has been held successfully on September 15, 2022.

Nine outstanding international guest speakers delivered excellent speeches and shared their new insights on global rabies control.

Speaker: Dr. Philip Mshelbwala, School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia.
Topic: National Strategy for Rabies Prevention & Control, Sierra Leone

Speaker: Dr. Andy Gibson, The Roslin Institute and The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Veterinary Centre, Midlothian, United Kingdom.
Topic: Expansion of Rabies Surveillance and Dog Vaccination in Urban Settings of India

Speaker: Dr. Terence Scott, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.
Topic: Rabies in MERACON: Building Evidence and Delivering a Regional Approach to Rabies Elimination

Speaker: Dr. Wanda Markotter, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.
Topic: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Rabies and Rabies-related Lyssavirus Epidemiology

Speaker: Dr. Mariem Handous, Laboratory of Rabies, Pasteur Institute of Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia.
Topic: Technical Commitment in the Fight against Rabies - Role of the Laboratory in Tunisia

Speaker: Dr. Conrad Freuling, Institute of International Animal Health/One Health, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI), Greifswald-Insel Riems, Germany.
Topic: Oral Vaccination of Dogs in Namibia

Speaker: Dr. Victor Del Rio Vilas, South-East Asia Regional Office, World Health Organization, New Delhi, India.
Topic: Musing over Non-technical Criticalities of Rabies Prevention and Control

Speaker: Dr. Catherine Filejski, Canadian Animal Health Institute, Guelph, Canada.
Topic: Rabies Meets Truth & Reconciliation: the Unique Challenges to Effective Rabies Prevention and Control in Canada's Remote, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities

Speaker: Dr. Sergio Recuenco, Facultad de Medicina San Fernando, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Perú.
Topic: Beyond Zero by 2030 - Wildlife Rabies and Exposures in the Amazon Basin

During the free discussion, speakers had a lively discussion:
What is the utility of IBCM in Sierra Leone?
How to bring your experience to other countries that are heavily affected by rabies?
What challenges has the covid-19 epidemic posed to surveillance, education, prevention or control of rabies?
What do you think about the oral vaccination in bats, especially vampire bats in this context?
In the far north America, do you think the rabies was present then or was it primarily exacerbated by colonization? ……
Discussion Part

One Health & Implementation Research thanks the chair Prof. Charles E. Rupprecht and all guest speakers again for the substantial effort to make this webinar a great success.

Moreover, we call for papers for the Special Issue led by the chair, "Adopt One Health, Stop Rabies: Current Progress for Dog-mediated Rabies Elimination by 2030". Welcome to submit your manuscript at:

Welcome more researchers and scientists to join the future webinars! For more wonderful webinars of the journal, please stay tuned:

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