Conakry, September 28, 2020
For Immediate Release
The United States and the global community commemorate World Rabies Day on September 28, 2020. Leading the U.S. Government’s routine zoonotic disease surveillance, detection, and response efforts in Guinea is the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA).
With the world’s attention focused on the global COVID-19 pandemic, the United States encourages everyone to continue working together to sustain efforts put in place to combat infectious diseases including rabies.
USAID has invested close to $1 million in infrastructure, equipment for laboratories and training of personnel for the surveillance and detection of priority diseases. Every year, USAID supports Guinea in awareness campaigns, provisions of rabies vaccine in affected areas reporting cases. On behalf of the American people, the U.S. Government has provided $35, 000 to support World Rabies Day 2020. In partnership with the Government of Guinea, U.S. investments will raise awareness and save lives through prevention and response measures.
The theme of World Rabies Day 2020 is “Rabies: Vaccinate to Eliminate.” Together, this grassroots campaign calls for individual action at all levels – from political leaders in charge of policy and budgets to communities advocating for dog vaccination. Everyone has a role to play in rabies prevention, and it is only through our collective action that we will save lives.
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