GAVI project for rabies elimination rabies in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Chad
The GAVI project for rabies elimination rabies in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Chad is a rabies elimination program funded by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Alliance and implemented by SwissTPH, LCV, IRED and CSRS. The Objectives are to: (i) Establish incidence of rabies exposure, rabies mortality burden and its risk factors. (ii) Establish risk factors of exposure, suspected exposure and levels of current post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) vaccination coverage, compliance, current vaccination cost, sources of funding and unmet demand. (iii) Estimate the health impact of PEP with regard to timing and number of doses received.
National and international partners such as the National Institute of Public Hygiene of Côte d’Ivoire (INHP). Prof Bassirou Bonfoh is the Project Coordinator in Côte d’Ivoire and Dr. Kallo Vessaly, is an Africa One-ASPIRE fellow. He is involved in the Afrique One-ASPIRE thematic training programme (TTP) on the elimination of canine rabies.
The achievements of the ‘GAVI Rage’ project include the set-up of the new diagnostic tool, securisation of PEP, establishment of procedure for PEP sicking and the set-up of a intersectoral rabies control committee in San Pedro (south-west of Cote d’Ivoire) and Bouaké (centre of Côte d’Ivoire). The ultimate aim is to assess the cost-effectiveness of the rabies elimination program in Côte d’Ivoire and Africa.