The Pan-African Rabies Control Network (PARACON) : a unified approach to eliminating canine rabies in Africa

Show simple item record Scott, Terence Peter Coetzer, Andre De Balogh, K. Wright, Nicolette Nel, Louis Hendrik 2016-04-15T06:12:01Z 2015-12
dc.description.abstract Even though Africa has the highest per capita death rate from rabies of any continent, and the disease is almost entirely transmitted by the bites of rabid dogs, there has been no coordinated pan-African approach to controlling canine rabies. In order to attain an inclusive and unified network, the Pan- African Rabies Control Network (PARACON) was established in 2014. By following the ‘One Health’ concept, which involves close coordination between animal and human health sectors across national, regional and continental levels, PARACON will provide a platform to facilitate and promote coordinated and sustainable control strategies and programmes. Meetings will take place at regular intervals and will be centred on the involvement by key focal persons from the medical and veterinary sectors. The inaugural meeting was held in South Africa in June, 2015 and was focused around interactive discussions and workshops, whilst updating country representatives on the tools available to aid them in developing and implementing sustainable rabies intervention strategies. Experts from various global organizations, institutions and industry participated in the discussions and shared their experience and expertise. The workshops focused on the latest format of the Rabies Blueprint platform (, which in the broadest sense assists with control and elimination campaigns, including educational and advocacy drives, improvement of surveillance and diagnosis and the systematic monitoring of progress. Together with the Stepwise Approach towards Rabies Elimination, the Blueprint is a planning tool to help countries free themselves from caninetransmitted rabies. en_ZA
dc.description.department Microbiology and Plant Pathology en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2016-12-31
dc.description.librarian hb2016 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Scott, TP, Coetzer, A, De Balogh K, Wright, N & Nel, LH 2015, 'The Pan-African Rabies Control Network (PARACON) : a unified approach to eliminating canine rabies in Africa', Antiviral Research, vol. 124, pp. 93-100. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0166-3542 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1872-9096 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1016/j.antiviral.2015.10.002
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Elsevier en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. Notice : this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Antiviral Research. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Antiviral Research, vol. 124, pp. 93-100, 2015. doi : 10.1016/j.antiviral.2015.10.002. en_ZA
dc.subject Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Rabies elimination en_ZA
dc.subject One health en_ZA
dc.subject Global alliance for rabies control en_ZA
dc.subject Pan-African Rabies Control Network (PARACON) en_ZA
dc.title The Pan-African Rabies Control Network (PARACON) : a unified approach to eliminating canine rabies in Africa en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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