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Dr Katinka de Balogh
Senior Animal Health and Production Officer/One Health focal point @Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Dr. Katinka de Balogh studied veterinary medicine in Berlin and Munich and obtained her doctorate in tropical parasitology and specialized in tropical animal production and Veterinary Public Health (VPH). After a short career as a zoo veterinarian in the Rotterdam Zoo she moved to Africa where she worked for a total of 9 years as a district veterinary officer (DVO) in rural Zambia and lecturer at the veterinary faculties of Lusaka (Zambia) and Maputo (Mozambique). Here she conducted dog ecology studies and organized large scale rabies vaccination campaigns involving veterinary students. She has also worked on rabies at World Health Organization (WHO) and since 2002 works for the Food and Agriculture Organization in various function at the headquarters in Rome and at the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok. Currently Katinka is chairing a Working group of the United Against Rabies Forum on rabies strategic and operational support to countries.
Dr Deborah Nadal
Consultant @Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases at the World Health Organization
Deborah is a postdoctoral medical anthropologist at the Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine of the University of Glasgow. As a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow, she is currently carrying out a research project funded by the European Commission that combines ethnography and social epidemiology to explore the impact of cultural and religious factors on the management of human and dog rabies in rural western India. Deborah also works as a consultant for the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases at the World Health Organization. The main projects she contributed to include a global survey on the effects of the pandemic on rabies elimination programmes and the development of the first course on rabies - freely available to anyone - on the website of the WHO.
Dr Rachel Tidman
Global Rabies Coordinator @World Organisation for Animal Health
Rachel has worked in range of different settings including clinical veterinary medicine, global health policy and disaster response and holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from Murdoch University and a Master in One Health from the University of Edinburgh. Rachel’s current role as Global Rabies Coordinator contributes to the development and maintenance of strong synergies between the Tripartite (OIE, WHO, FAO) and partner organisations and she coordinates the United Against Rabies Forum activities to support the implementation of the Global Strategic Plan to end human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030 (Zero by 30).
Dr Terence Scott
Technical lead, rabies @Global Alliance for Rabies Control
Dr Terence Scott is a Technical lead for Rabies at the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC). Terence’s responsibilities primarily focus on the coordination of World Rabies Day activities, the development of the Rabies Epidemiological Bulletin, and the continued implementation of the Stepwise Approach towards Rabies Elimination (SARE) tool towards the development of national strategic plans. He is a member of the MERACON regional rabies control network steering committee and through such network, provides technical in-country trainings and support to national governments and other stakeholders to assist efforts towards rabies elimination.
Dr Thinlay Bhutia
Veterinary Officer @Government of Sikkim (India)
Dr Thinlay N. Bhutia graduated as a veterinarian from Nagpur Veterinary College, Maharashtra, in 1998. Upon graduation he returned to Sikkim, and worked for the Animal Husbandry Department, while also volunteering at the State Veterinary Hospital. Dr Thinlay Bhutia has been responsible for a number of initiatives to the benefit of Sikkim. In 2005/2006 he was involved in developing and nurturing the Sikkim Anti-Rabies and Animal Health (SARAH) programme created jointly by Vets Beyond Borders(VBB), Fondation Brigitte Bardot and the Government of Sikkim. The SARAH program is India’s first government sanctioned initiative for state-wide rabies and stray dog population control program. At the inception of SARAH, Dr Thinlay worked with VBB to ensure the banning of mass shooting of dogs on the basis that it is both inhumane and ineffective in controlling rabies. He also took the initiative in implementing India’s first state-wide annual mass anti-rabies vaccination campaign.