The 28th of September is World Rabies Day and I thought I’d mark the occasion with a write up of my recent trip to Goa, India to document the ongoing work of the Mission Rabies team.
Since my last visit to India, Mission Rabies had managed to secure the political will from the Goan government to make the state the first to be rabies-free in India. The focus had broadened from vaccinating to include population control through neutering. Eliminating rabies is no easy task – requiring the vaccination of at least 70% of the dog population. This required several hubs of highly skilled and organised catchers backed up by teams of vets and animal handlers to neuter and vaccinate the animals. Even with such a great team, success could not be guaranteed without the support of several key politicians and the communities in which the dogs reside – the tireless effort put in by the Mission Rabies team to achieve this impressed me on a daily basis.
For me the core of the brief was to create a set of images that documented the hard work the team was doing in the communities and surgeries, capture the energy of a rabies awareness march by several hundred highly vocal school children in Panjim and photography of an event featuring the Deputy Chief Minister of Goa.
All that is left is to congratulate the Mission Rabies team for their many successes in the year since the inception of the project and to wish them lots of success for the next phase of the project. Well done!
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Richard Murgatroyd is a UK-based National Geographic-featured documentary photographer creating high-impact and natural images. Richard’s unique approach to story-telling photography covers wedding in the UK and overseas, corporate commissions and working on travel and charity assignments. You can find out more about Richard here and follow him on Twitter @MurgatroydPhoto, on Facebook at Richard Murgatroyd Photography and here on this website at www.richardmurgatroyd.com/blog.
You can find more information about my NGO Photography and work in the charity and not-for-profit sector at https://www.richardmurgatroyd.com/mission-rabies/. You can also follow the work of Mission Rabies on their website at www.missionrabies.com and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MissionRabies.