In July 2018, Mission Rabies celebrated the milestone of educating two million children in India and Malawi. They have educated almost 900,000 children in India alone.
Director of Education, Mission Rabies, Murugan Appupillai, said: “One child dies from rabies every 15 minutes. Many of these children die alone at home without proper care, because they are unaware of what to do about rabies. These two million children now know how to protect themselves from this horrible disease.”
Mission Rabies has delivered over 50,000 lessons to empower children in local schools with the knowledge that they need to protect themselves from rabies. The rabies prevention lessons take the form of creative role playing performed by Mission Rabies staff and interactive participation from children to help them learn the actions they should take to stay safe from rabies.
The Goa-based organisation began work in 2013 with the aim of eliminating human canine-mediated rabies deaths through a combination of canine mass vaccinations and education outreach. And it has been met with an encouraging response. There were 17 recorded rabies deaths in 2014 which decreased to only two in 2017.
Mission Rabies Founder and CEO, Luke Gamble, said: “This is a phenomenal achievement and I am incredibly proud of the team. With every child educated we get one step closer to the day when no one dies from rabies and it is tremendous to see the difference we have already made.”