Is Rabies Preventable? 

(DGIwire) – Tens of thousands of people around the world die from rabies every year, according to the World Health Organization, and more than half are children. Yet these deaths are largely preventable via vaccinations. When Dr. John Clark and his wife Rachel—the owners of Community Veterinary Clinic in Vero Beach, Florida—learned about these staggering statistics, they knew they needed to help. Dr. Clark, who grew up in Central Africa, read an article in The Huffington Post about a project that Washington State University is conducting in Kenya and Tanzania to stop the spread of rabies in the canine population. The couple immediately sprung into action.

Community Veterinary Clinic began donating $1 for every rabies shot given in their clinic to Washington State University’s project. They then hosted a free rabies vaccine clinic last year, on World Rabies Day (September 28), for their community and vaccinated 89 dogs and cats. But this wasn’t enough. They both knew more needed to be done for this disease, now that the World Health Organization has named rabies as one of the top 20 neglected diseases.

Dr. Clark and Rachel are heading to Africa at the end of August 2017 to hold two vaccine clinics in Malawi and Zambia, where they plan to vaccinate 500 dogs and deworm 500 more. This will be the start of what they hope will become a much larger project as they are in the process of setting up a 501(c)(3) for this project named Community Health Coalition.

To help support Dr. Clark and Rachel eradicate rabies, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/rabies-clinic.

 

 

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