Boehringer Ingelheim India is taking a 2-pronged approach to addressing this epidemic
According to the World Health Organization, India accounts for 36% of the world’s rabies deaths with an estimated 18,000 to 20,000 deaths from this disease each year.1 To address this major public health crisis, Boehringer Ingelheim India has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pet Practitioners Association of Mumbai (PPAM), a non-profit charitable organization with the goal of eliminating rabies in the Greater Mumbai area.
A company release2 states that the 'Stop Rabies' initiative is in tandem with India's National Action Plan for Dog-Mediated Rabies Elimination by 2030. Boehringer Ingelheim India has committed to donate 30,000 doses of its anti-rabies vaccine, Rabisin (inactivated and adjuvanted rabies glycoproteins) for free vaccination camps that will be run with the support of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The company will also lead a month-long awareness drive in collaboration with PPAM in schools and communities to inform the public on rabies prevention and the human-animal bond.
The MoU signing was recently held in Mumbai between PPAM represented by Dhananjay Bapat, BVSc & AH, president, PPAM and Makrand Chavan, BVSc & AH, MVSc, secretary, PPAM; and Boehringer Ingelheim India represented by Gagandeep Singh Bedi, managing director and head of human pharma and Vinod Gopal, DVM, MBA, director - country head, animal health.
"Rabies, a disease that can be prevented by vaccination, continues to be a problem for public health," said Gopal.2 "Adopting the 'One Health' approach will be key to securing a healthier future for all. Our 'Stop Rabies' initiative with PPAM and BMC is a step in that direction, showcasing our commitment to the well-being of humans and uncared dogs and cats."
"Eliminating rabies in Mumbai is crucial for public health. The 'Stop Rabies' initiative stands as a testament to the power of public-private partnerships, and empowering Mumbai to move closer to becoming rabies-free," added Bapat, in the release.