Workshop on Surveillance and Control of Rabies
Pasteur Institute - Dakar

December 3-14, 2013

Institut Pasteur Dakar

This 10-day residential course is organized by the Pasteur Institute of Dakar with the support of the Pasteur Institute in Paris, the Department of Biochemistry, of University of Lausanne, Switzerland, the Health Sciences eTraining Foundation and the World Health Organization and the PREDEMICS consortium (a FP7 funded program).

The purpose of this course is to provide a practical training on rabies with a special focus on Africa for students and professionals of animal and human public health sectors. The course will emphasize the need of multidisciplinary approach and intersectorial cooperation. Several major objectives addressing critical issues of the present rabies situation in developing countries and in particular in Africa will be targeted during this training session:

        •  To fill the knowledge and information gap on emerging and re-emerging
            zoonoses such as rabies.

        •  To improve the knowledge on rabies epidemiological data in particular
            rabies incidence.

        •  To improve the prophylaxis against rabies in Africa and to emphasize
           on practical solutions to increase access to post-exposure prophylaxis of the

         •  To disseminate validated protocols for dog population control

         •  To discuss implementation of rabies control strategies in Africa.

         •  To increase awareness about rabies in Africa.

This course will take advantage of the new possibilities offered by e-Learning and already existing documents from WHO and other international organizations. A pre-training assessment tool will be provided to select applicants and prepare trainees to participate actively in discussions and practical activities during the workshop. To complete this pre-training session, applicants will require approximately 70 hours of personnel work. The trainees will have access to these functionalities through a dedicated web-page.

The on site course (10 days) will focus on practical sessions, as bench work, demonstrations and hands-on sessions, which will complement the theoretical part (pre-training session and lectures).

The successful trainees will benefit from 5 ECTS (European Credits Transfer System) of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Language: French (mostly) and English (for a few conferences but a translation to French will be provided).

Who should apply: physicians, veterinarians, and specialists in infectious diseases, virology and/or epidemiology with at least a bachelor degree and preferentially a master degree. Public health officers involved in the control of zoonotic diseases are welcomed. Applications from Africa and developing countries are encouraged. Applications from other regions of the world will be considered.

There are no registration fees and local expenses (accommodation, food) will be covered by the course. The organizing committee will be able to provide several travel grants on request.

Application deadline: 27th July 2013.
For more information about the workshop and registration please visit the PREDEMICS website ( left menu ”Courses & Workshops” under “Surveillance & Control of Rabies”). The application form is available online.


Dr Hervé Bourhy Unit Lyssavirus dynamics and host adpatation,
WHO Collaborating Centre for Research on Rabies,
National Reference Centre for Rabies,
Institut Pasteur, 28 rue du docteur Roux, 75724,
Paris cedex 15, France.

Dr Amadaou Alpha Sall
Unité des Arbovirus et des Virus de Fièvres hémorragiques
Institut Pasteur de Dakar

Dr François-Xavier Meslin
Consultant and former member of World Health Organization ,

Dr Jean-Pierre Kraehenbuhl Health Sciences eTraining (HSeT) Foundation
155 Boveresses 155
CH1066 Epalinges, Switzerland
Tel: +4121 692 5856 email:

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