BALI’S RABIES CRISIS

In 2008, fishermen coming from the island of Flores arrived on the Bukit peninsula in south Bali with a dog unknowingly carrying the rabies virus. The dog soon turned rabid and began infecting other animals and humans.


Without a single rabies vaccine available island-wide, the outbreak quickly engulfed Bali and ended tragically in over 100 human deaths.


Panic ensued and people began to fear dogs, resulting in indiscriminate, painful, and wide-scale culling of dogs including numerous indigenous Bali Heritage Dogs.

An estimated 150,000 dogs were killed in a frantic, misguided attempt to stop the spread of rabies.

BAWA’S RESPONSE

We campaigned vigorously for vaccination and sterilisation over the cruel and ineffective culling.

In 2009, we launched a pilot program in two regions of Bali to prove that free-roaming dogs could be caught, vaccinated, and tagged to reach 70% vaccination coverage of the population and establish herd immunity.

Then in 2010, we signed an MOU with the Governor of Bali allowing us to expand the program island-wide.

THE RESULTS

270,000

DOGS VACCINATED

85%

REDUCTION IN RABIES CASES

75%

FEWER HUMAN FATALITIES

BAWA’s strategy proved extremely effective, and the successful and professional management of bali’s rabies outbreak brought global attention and praise. Upon completion of the first year, the program was handed over to the Bali government and continues to this day.

We remain committed to working alongside the government to control rabies in Bali.

Reaching A Rabies-Free Bali

Eradicating rabies in a community relies on population stability, which requires a holistic approach.

VACCINATION

to reach 70% vaccination coverage of the dog population, establishing herd immunity and reducing rabies transmission

Medical Care

to keep the existing population healthy and alive, protecting the territory from newcomers, and sustaining this level of vaccination

Sterilisation

to prevent new, unvaccinated dogs from being born into the population and losing herd immunity

Education

to enable children and adults alike to understand the rabies virus and how to prevent it in themselves and their animals.

Be a responsible pet owner.
Vaccinate and sterilise your dogs.
Protect yourself and your community.

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