World Rabies Day 2017 is observed on September 28 theme is "Rabies: Zero by 30", 2016 theme is " Rabies: Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate.", 2015 theme is "Together against Rabies ", 2014 theme is "Together Against Rabies" and 2013 theme is "Rabies: understand it to defeat it"
World Rabies day is celebrated across the globe as an international campaign to raise awareness about rabies on September 28, the death anniversary of Louis Pasteur, who is known to have developed the first rabies vaccine in the world.
The day is coordinated by Global Alliance for Rabies Control and is endorsed by renowned organizations like WHO (World Health Organization), World Veterinary Association, the Pan American Health Organization, World Organization for Animal Health etc.
The main aim of the day is to raise awareness about rabies, its impact on humans and animals and share information on early prevention of the disease. Public events are organized to promote awareness and vaccination clinics for dogs are set up. Other activities like education people from the not-so-privileged areas, national media campaigns and awareness runs are also organized. As a part of the day’s activity, members from charity organizations for animals visit schools to teach kids about safety with dogs and hold mass vaccination camps for dogs at various localities.
The day is observed to highlight the fatal consequences of the disease and thus raise awareness among people to prevent it as there is no cure for rabies once the onset of the symptoms begin.