6.2 Are there any other benefits of reporting, disseminating and communicating rabies data?

Regular reporting and communication serves different purposes and is not just meant to inform national and international organizations or entities for formal reasons or obligations. Keeping all stakeholders involved in rabies control informed will create a better understanding of the rabies situation and of the need to view rabies as a problem of national and international interest.

Benefits also include motivation to improve surveillance and epidemiological analysis, provide a broader regional perspective, allow remote access to data, enable instant production of tables and maps, guarantee consistency, archive data, and provide the basis for broader dissemination of information (for example see here). Therefore, transparency is a key to performance (see section 6.3.). Constant feedback to field workers and other staff involved in rabies surveillance will acknowledge their valuable work and keep them motivated by creating a win-win situation for all.

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