1. To ensure protection for those exposed to suspected rabies infection.
  2. To ensure protection for those who are at a higher risk of contacting rabies.
  3. To establish herd immunity in animal reservoirs with special emphasis on dogs.
  1. To control the population of animal reservoirs with special emphasis on dogs through appropriate methods.
  2. To remove all rabies suspected dogs humanely.
  3. To reduce the transmission of Japanese Encephalitis in pig population.


  1. Provision of Post Exposure Treatment for rabid and rabies suspected animal bites.
  2. Mass immunization of dogs against rabies.
  3. Mass Animal Birth Control programmes.
  4. Mass awareness programmes.
  5. Training of all stake holders of rabies control.
  1. Research and surveys.
  2. Monitoring and evaluation of on going rabies control activities.
  3. Strengthen the Rabies surveillance system.
  4. Enforcement of rabies control legislation.
  5. Mass immunization of pigs against Japanese Encephalitis infection.


Rabies control measures launched in Sri Lanka since 1975 have had a tremendous effect on the incidence of human rabies. The number of human rabies deaths declined from 377 human rabies deaths in 1973 to 14 rabies deaths in the country in 2014.