For the second consecutive year, Merck Animal Health (MSD Animal Health outside the U.S. and Canada) will recognize individuals and organizations who work to prevent rabies in their communities through the World Rabies Day Awards. The awards represent a partnership between Merck Animal Health and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), a nonprofit group dedicated to preventing human deaths from rabies and relieving the burden of rabies in other animal populations.
“Rabies is responsible for an estimated 59,000 deaths each year; many are children under the age of 15, and almost all of those deaths are from dog bites,” said Alasdair King, director, Intergovernmental Veterinary Health for Merck Animal Health. “We are proud to partner with GARC to recognize those who are working tirelessly to put an end to the spread of this disease, making communities safer for all.”
Eight awards will be presented. Winners will receive US$1,200 (or resources of equal value). Nominations can be submitted until Aug. 7, 2017, at rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day/awards. Winners will be announced on Sept. 28, World Rabies Day.
To learn more about the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, visit rabiesalliance.org.