Global One Health Challenge

Rabies is preventable and global elimination of this terrifying zoonosis is possible. Veterinary and medical students have an essential future role to play in making this a reality.

To celebrate the 8th annual World Rabies Day on September 28th, the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association, the International Veterinary Students’ Association and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control have teamed up for the One Health Challenge, a competition for veterinary and medical students all over the world.


All members of the winning team get an expenses paid trip to Madrid, Spain to attend the Global Conference on the One Health Concept in May 2015.

The conference is jointly held by the World Medical Association and World Veterinary Association. 


The competition aims to:

  • increase visibility and awareness of the role of veterinarians and physicians in rabies prevention effort
  • increase public awareness of rabies prevention in their communities and globally
  • encourage involvement by medical and veterinary universities in World Rabies Day
  • build relationships between medical and veterinary students and their communities

This competition follows last year’s One Health Challenge held in the Philippines –you can find out more about that here


Download a copy of the competition poster here

Download a copy of the competition leaflet here

Download a copy of the competition manual here

Ideas for activities

There are some ideas here

This is a global competition. If you live in a rabies-free country there are still lots of things you can do to take part including 

  • raising awareness among people travelling to rabies endemic areas
  • partnering with a team in a rabies endemic area and raising funds to support them
  • running an event to create understanding of the importance of vigilance to keep your country rabies free.

How to take part - competition criteria

1. Create and register your team

  • A team has a minimum of 2 members and a maximum of 5 members.
  • Your team should be led by a veterinary student or medical student.
  • The rest of the team members can be from other fields, such as health, education and environmentally related disciplines. They do not need to be students.

Above all, we encourage cooperation between medical and veterinary students.

2. Organize an event in your community around World Rabies Day – from September 1st to October 31st. Now extended to November 10th!

We’re looking for strong partnerships and effective community outreach.

Your event could be anything from mass dog vaccinations to school education to street theatre, anything that helps to increase awareness about rabies.

Get inspiration from last year’s winning events.

3. Share and submit

Share your event with others around the world – invite the media to your event, create and post videos online, spread the message through Facebook and other social media, or any other way you like.

Submit full details of your event by November 30, 2014 - report forms will be sent to registered participants.

Winners will be announced in January 2015.

Please email us if you have any queries about the competition. 

If you would like to contact your local IVSA or IFMSA representatives, a list can be found here.

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