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A Day in the Life

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A Day in the Life

Breakfast for the Uganda Mission Rabies team starts at 6:30 am and coffee is a must! Our breakfasts have been varied, but always include bananas.

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After breakfast, the teams go to the stockroom to pick up supplies for the day. Supplies include vaccines, banners, megaphones, a first aid kit, and certificates. Each group usually carries about 200 doses each day.

The clinics are free and publicized ahead of time on the radio, so most residents are already aware that a clinic will be taking place. As we drive into the area where the clinic will be held, our local volunteer begins announcing details of the clinic on a megaphone so locals can start gathering their dogs and heading towards the location.

The clinic site might be a spot of grass on the side of the road (Photo 5), a school yard, a church property, or a marketplace. Locals arrive with their dogs and we show them how to safely hold their dog for vaccine (Photo 6). After the vaccine is given, we paint the red stripe on the dog’s head to show that it has been vaccinated.

We also use a cell phone to enter information about the dog so that the data can be used to plan future drives and to assess our coverage. After vaccination, the owners get a certificate to show that their dog was vaccinated and is due for a booster in a year (Photo 8). Although we have vaccinated a few cats that residents have brought to us, we do not encourage locals to bring cats, as they are not a reservoir for rabies in this area.

Whether we are working a static clinic or traveling to individual homes, each day is a new adventure!

—Peggy Burris, DVM, & Dawn McCluskey, DVM

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