Rabies vaccination volunteers needed for Mission Rabies Cambodian project

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Rabies vaccination volunteers needed for Mission Rabies Cambodian project

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Mar 12, 2020
Rabies vaccination volunteers needed for Mission Rabies Cambodian project
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Mission Rabies, the UK charity at the forefront of rabies elimination worldwide, is seeking volunteers to join their greatest project to date this November. The volunteers will be part of a pioneering project in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where a child dies every week from rabies. The team’s mission will be to vaccinate 100,000 dogs in just ten days to protect the human population from this deadly, but entirely preventable, disease.

Founder and CEO of Mission Rabies, Dr Luke Gamble, explains: “This vital project is the ultimate challenge. Put simply, we must stop the needless deaths of these kids. It’s completely in our power and we’re honoured to be supporting the Cambodian government with the mission. Now we need awesome Vet Candy subscribers to join us in this incredible country to ensure that we vaccinate the magic number of 100,000 dogs. “Rabies is a horrific and unrelenting disease. Once symptoms show it’s nearly always fatal. But together, we can combat rabies and stop it in its tracks through targeted vaccination.”

The concentrated vaccination drive runs for two weeks from the 14 th to the 28 th of November 2020 with volunteers able to join for either week, or the full campaign. The project is being managed by Dr Amy Lewis, who says, “Cambodia is an inspiring country, but it is ravaged by the deadly rabies disease. The country has the highest reported incidence of rabies globally with an estimated 700,000 people being bitten by a suspected rabid dog each year. With a child dying of rabies every single week in Phnom Penh, we just had to do something.”

Phnom Penh is home to over 2 million people, who constantly live at risk of an infected dog bite. With 99% of human rabies cases caused by dog bites, it’s no wonder that the community fear the canines they share Cambodia’s capital city with. However, a simple vaccination given to at least 70% of the canine population can break the cycle of transmission of rabies – instantly protecting both the dogs and humans who live alongside them.

To vaccinate enough dogs, Mission Rabies requires an army of passionate and driven volunteers from veterinary and non-veterinary backgrounds. Together, they will form vaccination teams – visiting households door-to-door to ensure every dog in every neighbourhood is vaccinated. The teams will also cover data capture and post-vaccination surveys to ensure that the right number of dogs are vaccinated. The charity is bringing extensive experience and knowledge to the project – having been protecting communities in rabies hot spots for the last seven years. In total, they’ve vaccinated over 1.2 million dogs and educated over 3 million children to reduce human deaths within their key project sites to zero.

For more information on how to volunteer on the trip click on the link below:https://www.myvetcandy.com/careerblog/2 ... an-project
http://www.missionrabies.com/volunteer/ ... tion-drive
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Good idea, but if they really want to eliminate Mad Dog Syndrome from Cambodia
half of us are gonna need the shot too
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Sigh... Low hanging fruit again...
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Rabies elimination in Cambodia ain't no low hanging fruit.
This is an excellent project.
Mission Rabies org, and other similar approaches, have resulted in huge decreases in the rabies rate in dogs, and a corresponding decrease in the death toll (mostly kids) all over the world.
Much more effective than immunising people.

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It's a great initiative. This is a very real issue - a disease that kills 100% of those untreated. As the article mentions, Cambodia has one of the highest rates of Rabies infections in the world.
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For those who can't make it (me), there's a way to donate on the organization's main page: http://www.missionrabies.com/volunteer/
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100,000 dogs over 14 days is 7142 a day and, assuming a 10 hour day, that's over 700 dogs an hour.

You've got to:

find them - easy enough to find a few but 700 an hour?

catch them - a lot trickier - they don't wear collars to grab

Control them - with getting bitten yourself - good luck with that

And then pacify them enough to give them an injection (and not get bitten again)

This is specialist work, not for well meaning volunteers for a 'fun day out'. Do they get free rabies inoculations before they go dog catching? I see trouble ahead.

Surely it is better to inoculate all the children instead; much easier to round up and pin down and much less likely to bite you.

I don't recognise their claim that Cambodia is "ravaged" by rabies.
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On their website they mention ....
Based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, you'll be working in teams going door-to-door, delivering canine rabies vaccinations.

700 per hour would still be very optimistic with the traffic in Phnom Penh moving at 12kph

Suitability: Vets, Vet Nurses, Vet Students, Vet Nurse Students, Non-Vets

Vets or non-vets as long as you've got a spare 1000 pound to kick in you're welcome.

Cost: £600 participation fee for 1 week campaign participation +£350 suggested fundraising contribution
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it is good to set goals..
Saving a kid from rabies is as noble a goal as it gets..
Good luck getting even a portion of your goal completed.
A kid should never have to suffer such an awful and preventable fate.
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