Today is One Health day, which promotes the efforts of addressing critical global health challenges (to achieve optimal health for people, animals, and the environment) including the world's deadliest zoonotic disease - rabies, which kills 59,000 people every year.
Almost all of these deaths (99%) are the result of being bitten by an infected domestic dog, Once symptoms of the disease develop, it is always fatal and dog vaccination is key to combating this dreadful disease.
Ultimately, every death that is caused by rabies could be completedly avoided and WVS along with our sister charity Mission Rabies strongly believes that canine-mediated rabies could be completely eliminated by the year 2030.
Since the intitiative started in 2013, 449,528 dogs have been vaccinated against rabies, but there is still more work to be done.
WVS in particular are vaccinating dogs against rabies in the key countries that we are based - Thailand, India and Malawi and we are also supporting our colleagues at Mission Rabies with their amazing work in places like Goa, Sri Lanka, Malawi, India and many other countries around the world.
Education is also paramount and teams of education volunteers are visiting schools to raise awareness about rabies, in fact 622,223 children have been educated about rabies.
Just £5 per month will allow 20 dogs to be vaccinated against rabies which will save both human and animal lives.