Människans bästa vän? En gränsöverskridande "One Health" approach till förbättrad rabieskontroll hos hund i sydostasien

Tidsperiod: 2018-01-01 till 2020-12-31

Projektledare: Johanna Lindahl

Medarbetare: Åke Lindkvist, Åke Lundkvist, veronique chevalier

Finansiär: Vetenskapsrådet

Bidragstyp: Stöd till forskningsmiljö

Budget: 1 200 000 SEK

Rabies is estimated to kill more than 30,000 people every year in Asia. Most cases are caused by dog bites, and deaths most commonly occur among the poorest or the most remote population, unable to receive post-exposure prophylaxis. In Southeast Asia, dogs are not only used as farm dogs, or as pets, but also increasingly as a food source, with dogs moved between countries. Rabies is a serious threat, and people involved in the dog value chain may be at increased risk, and the cross-border movements are complicating control efforts. This network project has a One Health approach, and will bring together stakeholders and researchers from Lao PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam, Sweden and France. Workshops will be arranged around dog population dynamics, disease incidence, improvement of laboratory technologies and the best control strategies.An ongoing vaccine intervention in Cambodia will be used to study dog populations and changes in vaccination covers. The risk of rabies along the dog value chain will be assessed, and we will evaluate a novel method for easier diagnosis. Knowledge, attitudes and practices will be studied among dog owners, dog butchers and traders, and policy makers. In conclusion, this project will contribute to reducing the risk for people by improving diagnostic capacities, providing basic knowledge of dog population dynamic needed for efficient vaccination strategies, and establishing a strong inter-sectoral network for rabies control in this region.