- World Rabies Day 2021: This day is also observed around the world to mark the anniversary of the death of French biologist, microbiologist and chemist Louis Pasteur, who developed the first rabies vaccine.
Written by Susmita Pakrasi | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
POSTED SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 5:36 AM IST
World Rabies Day is celebrated on September 28 each year to raise awareness of the impact of the viral disease and ways to prevent it. This day is also observed around the world to mark the anniversary of the death of French biologist, microbiologist and chemist Louis Pasteur, who developed the first vaccine against rabies. It is the only global day of action and awareness for rabies prevention.
History of World Rabies Day
World Rabies Day was first celebrated on September 28, 2007. The event was a collaboration between the Alliance for Rabies Control and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, USA, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO). Organizations began to observe this day after the world suffered from the ill effects of rabies.
Importance of World Rabies Day
World Rabies Day is celebrated annually to raise awareness of the impact of rabies on humans and animals, provide information and advice on how to prevent the disease in communities at risk, and support advocacy for increased efforts in rabies control. It is an important day for the world to recognize the terror in people of disease. The day focuses on better care for animals and spreading knowledge about how to fight an unfavorable situation like rabies.
World Rabies Day Theme
This year, the theme for World Rabies Day is “Rabies: Facts, Not Fear”, based on the idea of ââending people’s fear and empowering them to learn about them. facts. The theme aims to share facts about rabies and not to spread fear of the disease by relying on misinformation and myths. Last year the theme for World Rabies Day was’ Ending Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate ‘and the theme in 2019 was’ Rabies: Vaccinate to Eliminate’, followed by the 2018 theme which was’ Rabies: share the message, save a life â.