World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day(WRD) is commemorating on September 28th annually. Himalai IAS Coaching Centre in Bangalore spread awareness about social responsibility current events for the civil service exams like IAS exams, KAS exams, IES exams, and other competitive exams.

  • World Rabies Day (WRD) launched on 8th September 2007. It’s a campaign run by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control.
  • The day 28th September marks the anniversary of the French chemist and microbiologist, Louis Pasteur’s death. He developed the first rabies vaccine.


  • Ensure that dogs are kept vaccinated.
  • Obtain post-exposure prophylaxis ( PEP) and to help people in need to seek.
  • To commit to the 2030 goal of eliminating rabies deaths.
  • Also, it aims to raise awareness among the public about rabies prevention, to stress progress in beating this deadly.

What is Rabies?

Rabies is a deadly viral disease which transmits through the saliva and nervous tissue of an infected animal. (dogs)

  • Today effective vaccines are available although for the effective prevention of rabies awareness among the public is the key driver.
  • Rabies is 100% preventable disease, despite this more than 59000 people die from the disease around the world each year.
  • Especially, the day which remembers the public that fights against rabies is not yet over we should take more control over it.

Many global Health Organizations including

  • World Health Organization(WHO),
  • World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) 
  • Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)

of the United Nations are together to eliminate this human deadly diseases which transmit through dogs by the year 2030.

Facts on Rabies disease

  • Listed in the 18 tropical diseases of the World Health Organization.
  • Rabies is a fatal disease and it has the highest fatality rates among another deadly disease.
  • Rabies is 100% preventable through human post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), better educational awareness, and furthermore through mass vaccination of dogs.
  • Symptoms of Rabies diseases appear only after 1-3 months after the dog bite. It causes inflammation of the brain or meninges, more serious symptoms such as partial paralysis, anxiety, insomnia, confusion, etc. The most prominent symptoms are Hydrophobia ie., fear of water. 
  • Specifically, the studies, about 590000 people die every year globally. It’s because of this deadly disease and occurs mostly in Africa and Asia.

World Rabies Day Themes

  • 2019 theme is “ Rabies: Vaccinate to Eliminate ”. This year the theme focus on the vaccination, which is the basis of rabies control.
  • In the year 2018, the theme was ‘Share the message, Save a life ‘.Specifically, 2018 theme concentrates on the vaccination, the foundation of all rabies control efforts.

World Rabies Day in India

  • The “ National Rabies Control Programme “was implemented by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India to prevent human deaths due to rabies and to prevent the disease from transmitting.
  • According to the studies of WHO, only 70% of the people in India have heard knowledge about Rabies. Only 30% of the people know how to wash the wounds after animal bites. Further, from the people that got bitten only 60% of them get a modern cell culture-derived vaccine.
  • In India, it reports about 18,000 to 20,000 cases of rabies there per year. Also, about 36% of the world’s death by this disease is from India.

In short, people should be made aware of rabies disease, to prevent further death due to rabies disease, as a part of Our India with World Events Himalai wants to educate about World Rabies Day.