It has been another whirlwind month and World Rabies Day is always a key focus for our international projects. As ever, sincere thanks to the team for driving all these projects so fantastically during an exceptionally busy month!
Volunteer Teams and parcels
Charities were sent a cumulative total of 58 parcels valued at £36,174.54 of medical supplies and equipment. Teams were in Thailand, Grenada, Greece, India, Malawi, Sri Lanka and Colombia.
Ranchi and Khunti – Excellent progress as ever by Praveen and his team. Kate (International Director at Mission Rabies) was in Ranchi last week and joined in the launch of the world premiere of the Ranchi MR movie which was screened at the Spring City Mall and launched by local dignitaries. It is fantastic to see the Government really embracing the Mission Raboes programme and there still hasn’t been a single rabies case in the city hospitals so far this year.
India ITC (International Training Centre) - Very inspiring reading. It was the 6th anniversary of WVS India ITC on World Rabies Day! Absolutely fantastic and an incredible testament to the team who have built this up into such an impressive establishment, training over 400 vets a year – phenomenal! Please see below Dr. Ilona's monthly report:
Truck Training – Below are two reports from the Ranchi truck training this month which went exceptionally well and sincere thanks especially to Dr Vinay and Praveen for making this such a success and working so hard to generate such positive feedback.
Goa –Please find attached Julie ‘s excellent report. It is the launch of the Goa monthly campaign imminently so the team are assembled!!!
The international courses have gone very well in Thailand this month. The team are all continuing to work supremely hard. There are still some challenges at the shelter but the team are doing a fantastic job and all is set for the Thai ITC to go from strength to strength.
Tarryn has sent a map of Chiradzulu (see photo gallery) which shows the progression of the work this month. The red dots are schools and the black shapes are the daily working areas which are already completed. This means just a few more weeks and we will have covered the entirety of Chiradzulu. So far the teams have vaccinated 11,124 dogs and are still going full steam ahead.
In rural Blantyre – Tarryn’s team has now vaccinated a total of 13,234 dogs have been vaccinated in the rural district to date. It is incredibly hard going in the rural areas and an absolute testament to Tarryn and her teams to have managed such a phenomenal achievement.
Paul and his teams have been unbelievable this month and managed to vaccinate 7,599 dogs! This means a total of 9,955 animals have been vaccinated in rural Zomba, exceeding a 70% coverage of dogs in the region. One whole EPA has now been covered! Amazing work. All is on schedule and Paul and his teams are right on track to cover the rest of the district in the projected time-frame – long before the rains arrive!
Uganda and Sri Lanka
Attached is Jo’s report on the Uganda project she led in August. Being an absolute powerhouse, Jo is now in Sri Lanka working with Mark and Sam and Dogstar to drive on the project there before joining the teams in Goa shortly! I will include a report about Sri Lanka next month but both of these projects are inspiring for the teams involved and it is a privilege to work with both Dogstar and The Big Fix to see such brilliant results.
Dagmar (our International Veterinay Manager) visited the University of Vienna this month to talk about WVS. We have subsequently already booked one entire international course at the ITC for ten students.
I’d like to thank WSAVA, the WSAVA Foundation and Afscan for their support of our work and especially having attended the WSAVA Global conference in Colombia, it was wonderful of WSAVA to allow MR the forum to deliver a key note lecture and flag up the work of both WVS and MR internationally. The meeting with the Colombian Government regarding rabies control on the 28th was extremely well attended and it is immensely uplifting to see such unity amongst the global veterinary profession in our shared goals.
Both Fred and I attended this conference, we were very proud to represent not only MR and WVS but also our key sponsors of Dogs Trust and MSD Animal Health who featured heavily in all our presentations and without whom we would be lost. Thank you especially to Professor Michael Day, one of the MR Trustees who was a phenomenal support throughout this event (as well as setting the whole thing up for us!). It was fantastic to link up with so many groups keen to support our work and we should hopefully see a further surge in our volunteers for projects next year!
Very best and thanks again for all your brilliant hard work!