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Rabies listed as top priority zoonotic disease in Ethiopia

Rabies has been named as the top priority zoonotic disease of major public health concern in Ethiopia. Experts identified rabies as their top priority at a zoonotic disease.

The top five zoonotic diseases, out of a list of 43 potential zoonotic diseases of concern, are identify as a major public health concern in Ethiopia that need to be jointly addressed by animal & human health agencies to have the maximum impact on the health of people and animals. Experts agreed that rabies was the most dangerous threat among the zoonotic diseases considered. The five selected zoonotic diseases were rabies, anthrax, brucellosis, leptospirosis, and echinococcosis. Zoonotic diseases, those spread from animals to human, have a huge impact on Ethiopia due to the large numbers of livestock and low-income farmers. A large proportion of the population has direct contact with livestock on a daily basis and is therefore at a higher risk. More collaboration is needed between the human and animal health sectors to tackle the disease.

The zoonotic diseases research & training centre will be established & being functional through partnership & collaboration with OHE & governmental Universities in Ethiopia. The zoonotic diseases research & training centre will help the universities as academic and clinical network both domestically for the students and lecturers. . The two parties, OHE and universities will establish a strong, interdisciplinary base for ongoing One Health activities together with its sustainability.

Pledge to End rabies Now

Even small actions show policy makers and world leaders that there is support to end rabies. Your actions can increase funding and resources to save the lives of people and animals across Ethiopia as well as Africa.

Your pledge becomes a voice for the millions of people and animals around the world vulnerable to rabies. Diverse global support from individuals and organizations tells world leaders to make the elimination of rabies a priority.

“From zoonotic disease, Rabies is a serious global health problem that warrants an urgent response. I support an end to human deaths from rabies by 2035 for the health of people & animals.”

Why it's still a threat…..?


Rabies is a forgotten disease of the poor, where nobody survives to tell the tale. The lack of disease diagnosis and reporting prevents rabies becoming a higher priority disease.

Inaccessible treatment

Post-bite vaccines are not always available to bite victims in resource-poor regions where they are most needed. The average cost of post-exposure treatment in Africa is around 31 GBP. Given that the average daily income in these countries is 0.5-1 GBP, which expense can be nearly impossible for families to cover a medical treatment?


Only 30% of Ethiopian believed that immediate care of bites was important in preventing rabies. A key factor in preventing the spread of rabies in endemic countries is education.

Prevention methods fall short.

Vaccinating at least 75% of dogs can eliminate human rabies deaths, and low immunization results (50%) can still provide a reasonable chance to control the disease. Inhumane mass killing of dogs, though widely prevalent, does nothing to halt the spread of rabies, and can even worsen the problem.


Join us as a supporting organization to help achieve the campaign's goal: ending human deaths due to dog-transmitted rabies by 2035. By becoming a supporting organization you will join a growing Ethiopian community that believes a rabies-free Ethiopia is possible. Contac us to join the campaign.