Rabies is an endemic disease in Sri Lanka. Dogs are the main reservoirs and transmitters of the disease in the country. This project will systematically estimate the size of the dog population in Sri Lanka, including dogs associated with houses who are not allowed to roam freely and free-roaming dogs (owned and unowned). The knowledge, attitudes and practices of dog owners with respect to rabies will also be assessed using KAP survey methodology. View preliminary results.
Key organisations for this project include the Epidemiology Unit of Sri Lanka within the Ministry of Health, and the Department of Animal Production and Health within the Ministry of Livestock and Rural Community Development. Other government departments involved in this work include the Department of Health Services, the Public Health Veterinary Services, the Medical Research Institute and the National Health Fund. Additional collaborating organisations include the Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, University of Saliyapura; the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, University of Peradeniya, the Veterinary Research Institute and the World Health Organisation.