- Category: Actualités
- Published on 01 January 2011
- Written by ESPV
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As a neglected disease, there is a one thing we know for certain about rabies and that is that nobody knows enough. From the people living with the threat of infection in their everyday lives, to the doctors, vets, and scientists looking for ways to reduce that threat, everyone would benefit from knowing more.
In India, of the estimated 20,000 people who die of rabies, 84% are from rural areas. So, our Adopt-a-Village project, which ran from December 2009 to November 2011, was based in precisely the type of community most at risk from the disease: villages in the rural area South-East of Bangalore. Its aim was to fill some of the gaps in knowledge about rabies that cost lives. For people who are most at risk from rabies, the project tackled misconceptions about the disease by launching an education and awareness program. This involved communicating facts about rabies via messengers (school teachers, health care workers, local leaders) and media (posters, television, etc.) to dispel myths and encourage behaviour change.