UNITED AGAINST RABIES:

One Health in Action—Partnering for Success
22 September 2020 [12.00-14.00 UTC]

INTRODUCTION

The UAR stakeholder meeting will take place at a time when zoonotic diseases and One Health are high on the global agenda.
As one of the oldest known zoonoses, rabies is entirely preventable, yet remains a major public health problem, particularly in Africa and Asia. However, rabies control and elimination is possible through a united One Health approach that strengthens human and animal health systems and drives progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
The framework for this approach is set out in The Global Strategic Plan to end human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030 and a United Against Rabies Forum to deliver its vision will be announced at this event. To make rabies elimination a reality by 2030, we need all sectors to join forces – government, animal and human health, research, private sector and civil society.
The Tripartite (FAO, OIE and WHO) will support the stakeholder meeting to create an enabling environment so that members and countries can focus on activities that efficiently contribute to Zero by 30, while also sharing of knowledge, experience, ideas, and information.

AGENDA

12.00-13.00

OPENING
Welcome and Introduction

Patricia Amira, Master of Ceremonies

Opening remarks
  • Dr Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, Director General, WHO
  • Dr Qu Dongyu, Director General, FAO
  • Dr Monique Eloit, Director General, OIE
ANIMAL HEALTH AND THE GLOBAL AGENDA: RABIES IN POST COVID-19 ERA
Moderator Patricia Amira chairs discussion
  • Lord Alexander Trees, Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Parasitology and Cross Bench Member of the House of Lords, UK
RABIES, ITS IMPACT AND HOW TO BEAT IT
Objective: Audience understands health and economic impact of rabies – but we have the solutions to beat it
  • Dr Mwelecele Ntuli Malecela, Director of WHO Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, WHO
  • Hon. Dr Antonio Plutarco Emilio Arias Arias, Minister of Public Health, Dominican Republic
  • Hon. Dr Papa Seck, Senior Advisor to the President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall
  • Hon. Dr Hugo López Gatell, Under Secretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Mexico
ONE HEALTH IN PRACTICE
Objective: Sharing One Health approaches with a focus on rabies elimination
  • Dr Katinka de Balogh, Senior Animal Production and Health Officer, FAO Regional Officer for Asia and the Pacific
  • Hon. William Dar, Secretary of Agriculture, Philippines
  • Hon. Minister Carl HG Schlettwein, Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, Namibia
  • H.E. Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary General, ASEAN
SURVEILLANCE AND DATA FOR RABIES ELIMINATION AND WIDER PUBLIC HEALTH
Objective: Data drives effective decision making and implementation – identifying ways to improve surveillance systems
  • Dr Matthew Stone, Deputy Director General, OIE
  • Dr Abderrahman El Abrak, Chief Veterinary Officer, Morocco
  • Dr Sowath Ly, Deputy Director, Institut Pasteur, Cambodia
  • Dr Prashant Suryawanashi, Directorate of Health services, Goa State, India
DOGS EYE VIEW FILM

Pankaj KC, Programme Director – Animals in Communities, World Animal Protection

THE CASE FOR INVESTING IN RABIES ELIMINATION
Objective: The costs of rabies on communities is high. Rabies elimination is possible and cost effective.
  • Mrs Anurandha Gupta, Deputy CEO, Gavi-The Vaccine Alliance
  • Dr Alasdair King, Director of International Veterinary Health, Merck Animal Health
  • Hon. Dr Daniel Madandi Ngamije, Minister of Health, Rwanda
  • Professor Dr Thomas Mettenleiter, CEO, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Germany
  • Rt Hon Lord Zac Goldsmith, Minister for the Pacific and the Environment, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom
PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES

Dr Nasseem Salahuddin, Director of Infectious Diseases, Indus hospitals, Karachi, Pakistan

Mr Joel Changalucha, Youth Advocate, Tanzania

13.00-14.00 UNITED AGAINST RABIES FORUM DISCUSSION
These break-out sessions will run concurrently and provide an opportunity to discuss working group themes and set priorities around the objectives of the Global Strategic Plan.

SESSION 1: EFFECTIVE USE OF VACCINES, MEDICINES, TOOLS AND TECHNOLOGIES
Moderator: Dr Keith Sumption, Chief Veterinary Officer, FAO

Panellists:

  • Dr Umme Ruman Siddiqi, Deputy Programme Manager, Zoonotic Disease Control Programme, Directorate General of Public Health Services, Bangladesh
  • Dr Thumbi Mwangi, Associate Professor, Paul Allen School for Global Animal Health, Rabies Free Kenya
  • Dr Terence P Scott, Technical Lead, Global Alliance for Rabies Control
  • Dr Luke Gamble, CEO, Mission Rabies
  • Dr Ryan Wallace, Deputy Director, One Health Office, US Centers for Disease Control
SESSION 2: IDENTIFYING WAYS TO GENERATE, INNOVATE AND MEASURE IMPACT
Moderator: Dr Bernadette Abela-Ridder, Team Leader, Neglected Tropical Diseases, WHO

Panellists:

  • Dr Ottorino Cosivi, Director PAHO-PANAFTOSA
  • Dr Vivian Iwar, Head of Livestock Division, ECOWAS
  • Dr Qiulan Chen, Center for Disease Control, PDR China
  • Dr Thomas Müller, Director, Friedrich-Loeffler-Insitut, Germany
  • Dr Vasili Basiladze, Deputy Head of National Food Agency, Georgia
SESSION 3: GENERATING SUSTAINED COMMITMENT AND RESOURCES
Moderator: Dr Matthew Stone, Deputy Director-General, OIE

Panellists:

  • Dr Tennyson Williams, Africa Director, World Animal Protection
  • Dr Nick Harris, Development Programmes Manager, Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, Australian Government
  • Dr William Adu-Kuma, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana
  • Professor Sarah Cleaveland, Professor of Comparative Epidemiology, University of Glasgow
  • Mr Christopher Egerton-Warburton, Co-founder, Lions’ Head Global Partners