The mission of World Rabies Day is to raise awareness about the impact of human and animal rabies. Celebrations, education and vaccination programmes are set up worldwide. The reason this day is called a celebration world wide is because rabies is a disease that is 100% preventable through vaccination.
For the last four years BAWA has held events in local banjars and schools throughout Bali to raise awareness and to provide local communities with free medical care and vaccinations for their dogs and cats.
In spite of BAWA’s impending closure of our clinic we continue to hold educational programs throughout regions in Bali and were invited by local banjars to hold this events.
Saturday September 28th, we held two events…..one in the village of Kemenuh, Gianyar where three primary schools participated. The children learned about rabies prevention including how to avoid dog bites, how to recognise rabies symptoms, and what to do if bitten.
After the classes we held competitions with questions on rabies, and how to care for their animals. We had an art contest as well with the theme “My beloved Bali dog”.
The second event in the afternoon was in Banjar Tengkulak Kaja Kangin, Kemenuh, Gianyar. A very enthusiastic audience with hands constantly raised. The children knew exactly what to do if they are bitten by a dog with rabies symptoms, how not to provoke a dog, what to do if bitten, etc. We showed a short film on rabies in Bali and the importance of Bali dogs, their heritage dogs.
Our vets with licenses in the area were invited by the village leader to provide vaccinations and medical care. Where there is a will there is a way! The event was co hosted by the SEKEHE group that we will tell you about in a future post. It is all very exciting and heartening in the face of such adversity.
Thank you for your support!