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Mayhew Afghanistan on track to eradicate rabies in Kabul

Written by Samantha Lade, Donr

Published on Monday, 25th June 2018

Mayhew Afghanistan on track to eradicate rabies in Kabul

An animal charity has vaccinated 70% of the dog population in Kabul against rabies, reaching the accepted threshold required to break the chain of virus transmission in the area.

Mayhew Afghanistan have now successfully vaccinated an incredible 10,500 dogs through their mass canine rabies vaccination programme in the city.

The success means that the charity can now begin creating herd immunity in the area.

It also means that the Afghanistan team, together with the Kabul Municipality dog catchers, are on track to reduce the risk of canine-mediated rabies in the city.

Following Mayhew’s successful negotiations with Kabul Municipality to bring an end to the inhumane practice of culling the free-roaming dogs from January 2017, Mayhew Afghanistan began their first mass canine rabies vaccination programme in Kabul in August 2017.

This is the first step in a long-term strategy to eradicate rabies from the city in three years and develop a citywide dog population management programme.

The two teams of 12 dog catchers and vet vaccinators work from early morning to noon, catching and vaccinating dogs.

Mayhew’s Afghanistan Country Director, Dr Abdul Jalil Mohammadzai DVM, said: 'The team are delighted that the programme has now vaccinated 70% of the population of dogs in Kabul in just over 10 months.

'We believe informing and educating communities about the rabies virus and other infectious diseases and how they are spread is key to rabies prevention, safe interaction with community dogs, compassion towards animals and improved health.

'A win win situation for dogs and people alike.'

To find out more information about the work Mayhew International achieves abroad, please visit their website.