Tunisia: Vaccinating stray dogs to save human lives

Tunis (Tunisia)

Rabies still kills humans in several parts of the world. 95% of human rabies cases are caused by bites from infected dogs. Therefore, vaccinating dogs is the best way to prevent human deaths caused by rabies.

In the framework of its national rabies control programme, Tunisia organises annual mass dog vaccination campaigns. However, vaccinating stray dogs remains a major challenge because they are often difficult to catch.

In order to address this issue effectively, the Tunisian Authorities in charge of animal health have decided to take action and requested OIE’s support. In 2017, the OIE organised a workshop to train professionals from the Municipality of Tunis in charge of mass dog vaccination to catch and handle stray and aggressive dogs.

Discover the outcomes in this short video!