Mission Rabies: Eliminating the World’s Deadliest Zoonotic Disease

Photo by Anoir Chafik

On this week’s Veterinary Viewfinder Podcast, hosts Dr. Ernie Ward and RVT Becky Mossor interviewed Luke Gamble, the founder and CEO of Mission Rabies.

In 2013, Dr. Gamble, a new father at the time, witnessed children playing in an Indian village where rabid dogs are prevalent. It touched his heart because rabies is one of the deadliest zoonotic diseases in the world.

Zoonotic disease: an illness that can spread from animal to man

Rabies is preventable. Unfortunately, rabies kills people every day in some of the world’s poorest countries. Eradication of rabies is possible through the process of vaccination.

“Across the world,” declares Mission Rabies. “One hundred children die from rabies every day. We’re going to change that.”

Since founding the organization in 2013, Gamble’s Mission Rabies has vaccinated over half a million dogs in countries like India, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, and Sri Lanka. Because of this, more than 1 million children have been reached.

Their goal is to eliminate the threat of rabies from the world by 2030.

While the threat of rabies is nearly gone in the United States thanks to our stringent vaccination protocols, it is still a severe threat in other parts of the world.

To learn more about getting involved through volunteering or other support, visit missionrabies.org.


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