World Rabies Day provides a platform to improve awareness, engage communities and help endemic countries in building successful and sustainable rabies programmes. The theme for 2018 Is "Rabies. Share the message. Save a life."
In 2015, the world called for action by setting a goal of zero human dog-mediated rabies deaths by 2030, worldwide.
Awareness and education are vital to the success of the rabies zero by 30 campaign. Through education we can improve the health, wellbeing and development of communities and save thousands of lives each year.
It is celebrated annually to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating this horrifying disease.
28 September also marks the anniversary of Louis Pasteur's death, the French chemist and microbiologist, who developed the first rabies vaccine.
Today, safe and efficacious animal and human vaccines are among the important tools that exist to eliminate human deaths from rabies while awareness is the key driver for success of communities to engage in effective rabies prevention.
>> Source: who.int; rabiesalliance.org