NEWS: Rabies is a killer in Kenya

Below is a heart-wrenching story of yet another beautiful human being who died of rabies after a dog bite. A lot of people often ask us why we “only” focus on dogs and cats and not on people as so many need our help here in Kenya.

The TNR Trust slogan is “Community Health through Animal Welfare“. One of our main pillars is eradication of rabies in Kenya, to prevent any unnecessary loss of lives from rabies.

We will soon be rolling out our Mobile Clinic to ensure that rural areas will also have access to these rabies vaccinations. We will then be able to also educate people on caring for their dogs/cats and make them aware of the benefits of sterilization of pets (less aggression, less wandering, increased health of animal, etc.)

Last but not least, we applaud Mr Barnaba Korir and his family from turning this sad event into something positive, by launching “Sharon Live On Foundation“, an anti-rabies vaccination campaign.

Veterinary officers during the Sharon Live On Foundation vaccination programme in Nandi county./STAMLEY MAGUT

Veterinary officers during the Sharon Live On Foundation vaccination programme in Nandi county./STAMLEY MAGUT


The year 2004 will forever remain vivid in the mind of Barnaba Korir and his family. Korir lost his eight-year-old daughter Sharon Jepchumba, who died of rabies from a dog bite.

Her parents had rushed to a hospital in Eldoret town, where she was given the anti-rabies prophylaxis and taken back home. But a week later, Sharon suddenly got sick and her condition deteriorated fast. She was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with active rabies. There was no more help for her since the virus had spread to her whole body, and she eventually died the following day.

In honour of his beloved daughter, Korir has now launched an anti-rabies vaccination campaign under Sharon Live On Foundation. The campaign aim to prevent unnecessary loss of lives from rabies.

FOR THE FULL STORY, GO TO: I want to kick rabies out of Kenya: Man fights disease that killed his daughter

 

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