GLOBALNEWS , BALI - In a ceremony organised for World Rabies Day Australia’s Consul General in Bali, Ms Anthea Griffin, handed over 200,000 rabies vaccines for dogs to Mr Kasdi Subagyono, the Secretary General of Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture in Baturiti, Tabunan, Bali, today, Thursday 29 September.
“I am proud that we were able to support the work of the Ministry of Agriculture through the provision of these vaccines and I am honoured to be present for the handover today”, Ms Griffin stated.
World Rabies Day this year has theme this year of ‘One Health, Zero Deaths’. This reflects the importance of considering the links between human and animal and environmental health to reduce deaths caused from rabies - and other diseases which spread from animals to humans. Australia has a strong commitment to supporting Indonesia’s leadership on a One Health approach which has been an important theme of its G20 presidency this year.
Rabies control is a key example of the need for a One Health approach, where collaboration between health, agriculture and environment sectors is critical to stop deaths from rabies in dogs and humans.
This handover of these rabies vaccines for Indonesia is part of Australia’s broader support for rabies eradication in Bali. This support is provided through the Australia Indonesia Health Security Partnership which with govt villages and community organisations to educate communities in rabies prevention and control.
Rabies is an issue across Southeast Asia and globally, so ending deaths from rabies requires regional and global organisations to work together. Australis is pleased to work in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the World Organisation for Animal Health and support their critical role in regional coordination.
Ms Griffin concluded, “Through the Australia Indonesia Health Security Partnership, and our Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security we will continue to work closely with the Indonesia’s Ministries of Agriculture and Health and with Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to reduce rabies deaths in Bali to zero”.