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Paradigm Shift in Rabies Control: A System Approach


Chirapol Sintunawa PhD*, Supaporn Wacharapluesadee MSc**,
Henry Wilde MD***, Thiravat Hemachudha MD**

* Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University
** Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University
*** Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute, Thai Red Cross Society


Government centered approach in rabies prevention and control has not led to rabies safe community, both in urban and rural areas. Government services and organizations should recognize that only joint collaboration among households and community can lead to a successful rabies control mission. Dog owners should have been more actively involved in the prevention and solving of rabies problem. Promotion and support of government organizations should aim to strengthen the communities to become self reliance in diseases control and health care services. Only by strengthening community roles result in a more sustainable community disease control program.

Keyword : Vaccination, Canine, Sterilization, Community, Rabies

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