Merck Animal Health Honors Recipients of World Rabies Day Health Awards

MADISON, NJ, October 5, 2016 – Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada), is proud to announce the winners of the World Rabies Day MSD Animal Health Awards. These awards represent a partnership between Merck Animal Health and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), a nonprofit group dedicated to preventing human deaths from rabies and relieving the burden of rabies in other animal populations, especially dogs.

The World Rabies Day MSD Animal Health Awards recognize the exemplary work to eradicate rabies around the world. Rabies causes over 59,000 deaths every year.1 The recipients of this award were nominated by their friends, peers and communities, as they have made great strides to improve both human and animal lives.

“We are proud to honor individuals who embody the company’s commitment to the Science of Healthier Animals™, we were faced with the difficult choice of choosing the winners,” states Alasdair King, director, Intergovernmental Veterinary Health, Merck Animal Health. “There was an outpouring of inspirational nominees from countries around the world including, India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, South Africa, Brazil, Tunisia, Liberia, Croatia and more.”
This year’s recipients are:

  • Dr. Thinlay Bhutia, India
  • Dr. Agnes Jemutai Korir, Kenya
  • Professor Kastriot Korro, Albania
  • Dr. Sergio Recuenco-Cabrera, Peru
  • Visakha Society for Protection and Care of Animals, India
  • Liberia Animal Welfare and Conservation Society, Liberia
  • Kurdistan Organization for Animal Rights Protection, Iraq
  • Zach Jones Memorial Fund, USA

“This award is a motivation for me to work harder, to train my staff in the field of rabies and to continue teaching people how to protect themselves,” states Professor Kastriot Korro, an award recipient from Albania. “Rabies is not only one person`s issue, but an issue for many communities, and everyone should start doing their part to end rabies.”

Recipients will receive not only recognition for their dedication to control this disease with a plaque and certificate, but also $1,200 (or resources to an equal value).

To learn more about the recipients, visit

To learn more about the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, visit

About Merck Animal Health
For 125 years, Merck has been a global health care leader working to help the world be well. Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Through its commitment to the Science of Healthier Animals™, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit or connect with us on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter at @MerckAH.

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[1] Hampson K, Coudeville L, Lembo T, Sambo M, Kieffer A, Attlan M, Barrat J, Blanton JD, Briggs DJ, Cleaveland S et al. (2015) Estimating the Global Burden of Endemic Canine Rabies. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 9(4): e0003709. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0003709