The Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) has revealed details of their latest initiatives against the disease. The Communities Against Rabies Exposure (CARE) program, led by GARC in collaboration with local governments, universities and research institutes, has received a multi-million dollar grant from the Optimus Foundation in order to expand their successful trial of community-led rabies elimination in Bohol, Philippines to communities in Chad, Indonesia, Tanzania and further areas of the Philippines.

GARC also announced a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the development and promotion of Partners for Rabies Prevention activities, including the development of health economic models and a global rabies elimination plan. These plans will be formed in collaboration with leading PRP players, including the WHO, CDC (USA) and a number of universities, and will bring together expertise from a variety of fi elds to provide much-needed research to help inform and advance policy decisions.