Case Story


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Initiative Name:
Integrated strategies for rabies surveillance and control in the border municipalities between Honduras and El Salvador
Initiative Status:
Completed and consolidating results
Adaptation, replication or scaling up of a previous initiative?
Modality of the initiative:
Disease Prevention and Control
Rabies, Rabia, Veterinary Public Health, Salud Pública Veterinaria, Honduras, El Salvador

Geographic Identifiers

Countries Leading or Providing Technical Cooperation:
Honduras,El Salvador
Countries Demanding Technical Cooperation:
Honduras,El Salvador
Participating National Institutions, Organizations and/or Subregional Entities:
Secretaria de Salud Honduras (Programa de rabia; regiones de salud), Secretaria de Agricultura y Ganaderia de Honduras(IHIMV), Ministerio de Salud de El Salvador (Programa de rabia; Unidad de Vigilancia Sanitaria)
Participating International and Multilateral Organizations:
Organización Panamericana de la Salud/Organizacíón Mundial de la Salud (OPS/OMS), Centro Panamericano de Fiebre Aftosa (PANAFTOSA)
Initiative Start Date:
Initiative End Date:

Initiative Cost/Budget and Sources of Funding

Initiative Total Cost/Budget: (in US$)
421 695
Percentage Contributed by National Governments:
73% - El Salvador (308 695) 421695 73% - El Salvador ($308 695), 15 % - Honduras ($63 000)
Percentage Contributed by 3rd party sources:
12% - OPS ($50 000)

Initiative Description

The epidemiology of rabies in Honduras and El Salvador is interdependent and there are common issues that can be jointly addressed for mutual benefit to both countries. Critical areas have been identified that will be addressed within a partnership framework that includes the ministries of health, ministries of agriculture, subnational and municipal governments with active participation from local-level entities. Some of the areas to jointly collaborate on were: sensitizing the population, training medical personnel in charge of caring injured persons, and organizing mass vaccination campaigns in border areas where rabies circulates or is presumed to be circulating among dogs.

Through the project, the systems for diagnosing rabies, for the production and control of biologicals, and for conducting rabies surveillance in El Salvador and Honduras were strengthened, with an emphasis on border municipalities. The project succeeded in strengthening the canine vaccination strategy in border municipalities as well as the services and treatment available for people attacked by animals suspected of having rabies. Rabies surveillance teams in border municipalities were also strengthened.

A diagnostic manual for rabies in Honduras and El Salvador and organizational guidelines for implementing national canine rabies vaccination campaigns were developed as part of the project. At the local level, a reporting subsystem was established in border municipalities in both countries. In addition, the existing policies for rabies in both countries were reviewed and updated.

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Contact Information:

Name of Contact Person:
Dr. Tamara Mancero
Organizacion Panamericana de la Salud
Oficina de la OPS en Mexico