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Call for Abstracts

A Book on ‘Rabies Control and Prevention in Asia’

Letter from Dr Florence Cliquet, Dr Deborah Nadal, Dr Sandul Yasobant, Dr Waqas Ahmad, Dr Sumon Ghosh, Dr Nihal Pushpakumara and Ms Vanessa Slack

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We are a multidisciplinary group of scholars working on rabies elimination issues and we want to put together a book that gathers – from all sectors and disciplines, inside and outside academia – the observations, experiences, challenges, solutions, opportunities, perspectives, and success stories of ‘Rabies Control and Prevention in Asia’. The objectives of this editorial project are to share important knowledge and to boost interest in this zoonotic disease, especially in the next generation of scholars, public health experts, and professionals working at the human and animal health frontline. The next decade will be key for eliminating human deaths due to dog-mediated rabies, and we see this book as a contribution to the WHO/OIE/FAO tripartite goal.


31 May 2021: Abstract submission

15 June 2021: Notification of proposal acceptance

30 September 2021: Chapter submission

31 December 2021: Review result returned

31 January 2022: Revised chapter submission

31 March 2022: Book submission to the publisher

Autumn-Winter 2022: Book publication

As we aim to reach and motivate as many people as possible, we want this e-book to be an open access publication to ensure it is accessible to everyone at no cost. Based in Cambridge and currently the biggest independent open-access academic publisher in the UK, Open Book Publishers have already expressed their interest in this book.

The topics of interest could include, but are not limited to: canine rabies; dog-mediated rabies in humans, livestock, and wildlife; surveillance; One Health and integrated health approaches; national, regional, and international strategic partnerships; vaccine research; dog vaccination strategies; dog population control; dog welfare and responsible dog ownership; dog bites; human post-exposure vaccinations; wound management; diagnostics; rabies awareness; local knowledge and understandings of rabies; traditional medicine; socio-cultural context and determinants of health; waste management; science-policy interface; mass media support for rabies control; informed education and communication for rabies; policymaking; economic burden of rabies, etc. Chapters do not need to present new data.


Should you be interested in joining us on this project – we hope you will! – please send the following information to Dr Waqas Ahmad ( by no later than May 31, 2021: name(s) and academic affiliation(s) of the author(s), chapter title, and a 300-word abstract for preliminary review. The selected authors will be asked to prepare a chapter in the range of approx. 4,000-6,000 words, plus 10-20 references and 3-4 figures or tables. All the chapters will be peer reviewed by the editorial board and the publisher.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in contributing to this book, please send their contact information to Dr Waqas Ahmad, or forward this message to them. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Dr Waqas Ahmad. Thank you very much for considering this invitation.


Yours faithfully,


Dr Florence Cliquet, WHO/OIE senior rabies expert, Anses-Nancy Laboratory for Rabies and wildlife, France -


Dr Deborah Nadal, postdoctoral medical anthropologist, Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow, UK -


Dr Sandul Yasobant, technical officer (research), Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar, India -


Dr Waqas Ahmad, assistant professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Narowal, Pakistan -


Dr Sumon Ghosh, veterinarian and senior field research officer, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh -


Dr Nihal Pushpakumara, senior wildlife veterinarian, Department of Wildlife Conservation, Sri Lanka -


Ms Vanessa Slack, zoonoses control program specialist, Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas, USA -

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