Why is exchange of information and feedback important?

It has been shown that when ORV campaigns are required for many years, there is often a certain amount of “issue fatigue” that occurs among stakeholders involved with ORV programmes over time. Therefore, regular exchange of information and feedback is essential. Regular, informal meetings with representatives of all stakeholders (public health and veterinary services, hunting associations, wildlife services, NRL and regional laboratories, flight services, etc.) under auspices of the national rabies committee is an efficient way to help coordinate ORV campaigns, discuss results obtained from preceding campaigns. Provision of interim reports and conducting gap analysis helps to address problems encountered and allow the vaccination strategy to be adapted as necessary.

At supra-regional or international level, there should be regular multi-lateral meetings with representatives of the public health and veterinary authorities of neighbouring regions and countries. The results of campaigns should be presented at international rabies conferences to exchange information on progress, problems encountered and ongoing activities in demonstration projects. A presence on this international stage will create transparency, and will help pressure national governments to remain heavily committed to rabies elimination projects.


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