Welcome to REDIPRA 17

The 17th Meeting of Directors of Rabies Programs in the Americas (REDIPRA) will take place from October 12th to 14th in the city of Bogotá, Colombia.

In this edition, REDIPRA celebrates its 40th year of existence since its creation. The meeting was created as a result of RIMSA III and the 21st session of the Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The first REDIPRA meeting took place in December 1983 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where strategies and the "Action Plan for the Elimination of Urban Rabies in the Main Cities of Latin America" were approved. Since then, 16 meetings have been held. This seventeenth edition in Bogotá will commemorate the 40th anniversary of this important gathering dedicated to the elimination of rabies in our region.

On this occasion, the epidemiological situation of rabies in the region will be analyzed, along with the progress achieved, adherence to and follow-up on the "Regional Program of the Americas for the prevention and control of rabies transmitted by hematophagous bats (Desmodus rotundus) in susceptible production animals," as well as the implementation of National Policies for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis of Human Rabies Transmitted by D. rotundus in at-risk populations. Additionally, the Regional Plan for the Elimination of Canine Rabies 2024-2030 will be presented and discussed, as well as the mechanism and benefits of obtaining Validation/Verification of Human Dog Rabies Elimination and Canine Rabies, and we will talk about the PAHO Rotating Fund and the proposal for the Elimination of dog mediated human rabies in selected countries.

REDIPRA consists of representatives from the ministries of health and agriculture of the countries of the Americas. Observers include representatives of specialized United Nations agencies and other intergovernmental organizations, accredited entities from civil society (including NGOs), accredited entities from the productive and commercial sector, research institutes, universities, international technical and financial cooperation agencies.

REDIPRA 17 is promoted by the Pan American Foot-and-Mouth Disease Center and Veterinary Public Health (PANAFTOSA/SPV) of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and is supported by the Government of Colombia through the Ministry of Health and Social Protection and the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA Colombia).

The event will take place in the capital of Colombia, Bogotá, which boasts magnificent tourist attractions such as its historic center, La Candelaria, with various colonial landmarks like the neoclassical performance hall, Teatro Colón, and the 17th-century Church of San Francisco. The city also hosts popular museums like the Botero Museum, featuring works by Fernando Botero, and the Gold Museum, which displays pre-Columbian gold pieces.

We look forward to welcoming you to Bogotá, Colombia.


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