|Description:||Created in 2010 by Kelly Crowdis, D.V.M., of the Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM), this photograph depicts three small dogs that were secured with hand-tied, inch-thick braided hemp rope leashes, which were held by their human escort. The three young dogs had been brought to a Haitian government-sponsored rabies vaccination clinic. In most parts of Haiti, veterinary services are not easily accessible. Government rabies campaigns are the only way owners are able to vaccinate their dogs. Animal rabies vaccine supply has not always been stable, which leads to low vaccination coverage for many parts of the country.|
Rabies control and prevention in Haiti is something that is near and dear to our hearts. Every year Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM) in Haiti receives multiple phone calls from frantic people wanting to know what to do about a dog or other animal that has bitten them. More often than not, the dogs are exhibiting clinical signs of rabies.
Until recently, finding post exposure vaccine and trying to get the dog tested has always been difficult. Thanks to increased cooperation between the Ministry of Agriculture (MARNDR) and the Ministry of Public Health (MSPP) fostered by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there is a more reliable system in place to make vaccine available for bite victims and to accurately test animals. Increasing rabies awareness through education, reliable testing, and post exposure treatment is already a reality in several parts of Haiti because of a collaborative CDC/MARNDR/MSPP rabies surveillance program. CVM is excited to invest their support along with CDC to bolster and expand the work of MARNDR and MSPP to control and ultimately eliminate rabies in Haiti. (See links below)