Effectiveness of dog rabies vaccination programmes: comparison of owner-charged and free vaccination campaigns

Dürr, S.; Mindekem, R.; Kaninga, Y.; Doumagoum Moto, D.; Meltzer, M. I.; Vounatsou, P.; Zinsstag, J. (2009). Effectiveness of dog rabies vaccination programmes: comparison of owner-charged and free vaccination campaigns. Epidemiology and infection, 137(11), pp. 1558-1567. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S0950268809002386

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We investigated the percentage of dogs that could be vaccinated against rabies by conducting a pilot campaign in N'Djaména, Chad. Owners were charged US$4.13 per dog vaccinated, and 24% of all dogs in the three city districts covered by the campaign were vaccinated. Total campaign costs were US$7623, resulting in an average of US$19.40 per vaccinated dog. This is five times more expensive than the cost per animal vaccinated during a previous free vaccination campaign for dog-owners, conducted in the same districts. The free campaign, which vaccinated 2605 more dogs than this campaign, cost an additional US$1.45 per extra dog vaccinated. Campaigns in which owners are charged for vaccinations result in lower vaccination rates than in free campaigns. Public health officials can use these results when evaluating the costs and benefits of subsidizing dog rabies vaccination programmes.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Research Foci > Veterinary Public Health / Herd Health Management
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Veterinary Public Health Institute
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH)

UniBE Contributor:

Dürr, Salome Esther

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

0950-2688

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Salome Esther Dürr

Date Deposited:

19 Nov 2018 15:33

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 09:00

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/S0950268809002386

PubMed ID:

19327197

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.121189

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/121189

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