The SARE tool used in country based workshops

In February 2016, the Ethiopian government hosted an intersectoral consultative meeting to assess the progress that has been made towards the control and elimination of canine rabies at both national and four regional levels. The participants undertook a self-assessment using the Stepwise Approach towards Rabies Elimination (SARE) assessment scoresheet. Within a number of categories (legislation; data collection and analysis; laboratory diagnosis; information, education and communication; prevention and control; dog population related issues; and cross cutting issues) activities listed in the SARE assessment scoresheetl were marked as either accomplished or pending. This allowed an overall assessment of capacity for rabies control and an analysis of how even control measure were being applied across the country.

The assessment identified a number of critical gaps, including poor inter-sectoral collaboration and limited availability and access to dog vaccine, while the existence of a surveillance system for rabies and legislation for outbreak declaration and response were among the strengths identified.

The overall analysis showed that Ethiopia is still in the early stages of rabies control (Stage 0.5/5), but the SARE tool enabled key gaps in to be prioritized, which will allow the National Strategy to be accelerated and Ethiopia to progress rapidly towards elimination of human rabies deaths by 2030.

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Participants fill in the SARE assessment tool with their country’s data. Photo: GARC

For more information see:
Coetzer et al. (2016) The SARE tool for rabies control: Current experience in Ethiopia. Antiviral Res. 135, p74-80

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