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What We're Working On

In Sub-Saharan Africa, investing in animal health is essential not just for the well-being of animals but also for the prosperity of the local communities that rely on them for their livelihoods. This region faces unique challenges due to climate change, which underscores the urgency of adopting sustainable and climate-smart agricultural practices.

At VWB/VSF, we are deeply committed to working hand-in-hand with local partners and communities in Sub-Saharan Africa through a range of One Health projects. One initiative is the extensive Volunteers Engaged in Gender-Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS) program, generously funded by Global Affairs Canada. From 2020-2028, this program will deploy 190 dedicated Canadian volunteers on behalf of VWB/VSF to Cambodia, Ghana, Kenya, and Senegal. The primary goal is to uplift the economic and social well-being of marginalized individuals, especially women and girls, in six countries across Africa and Asia.

In South Sudan, VWB/VSF's local team is working to implement interventions that strengthen agricultural resilience, reduce vulnerabilities, and enhance the capacity of local communities to cope with challenges at the national level.

Similarly, our Community One Health Empowerment Rwanda and Senegal (COHERS) program is in close partnership with local organizations. Together, we are dedicated to advancing public health, veterinary care, and environmental policies under a single, inclusive umbrella. Our approach balances the well-being of humans, animals, and ecosystems throughout the region.

See below to learn more about each of our current projects in Africa.

Current Projects in Africa

VETS Program in Ghana

PROGRAM DETAILS
PROJECT DATES: 2020-2028
OVERVIEW:

Using a traditionally rooted, free-roaming livestock ownership model, animals in Ghana are susceptible to disease transmission, which can lead to severe health challenges and mortality. Not only do these diseases impact animals and their owners through reduced animal outputs, income, and nutrient potentials, but also through the spread of zoonotic disease (diseases that can pass from animals to humans).

Through our Volunteers Engaged in Gender-Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS) program in Ghana, VWB/VSF is working with local partners to improve climate-smart, resilient agricultural practices that specifically target women farmers.

FUNDING PARTNERS:

Global Affairs Canada 

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VETS Program in Kenya

PROGRAM DETAILS
PROJECT DATES: 2020 - 2028
OVERVIEW:

In Kenya, smallholder farmers dominate the dairy industry, meaning more households are involved in the Kenyan dairy value chain compared to dairy farmers globally. As a result, the Kenyan dairy industry contributes to the livelihoods of many subsistence farmers who lack formal economic opportunities and are wholly relying on livestock for income and nutrition.

Our Volunteers Engaged in Gender-Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS) program in Kenya works closely with two Kenyan dairies (Wakulima and Meru) to promote sustainable, inclusive economic and employment opportunities for vulnerable groups, particularly women and youth.

FUNDING PARTNERS:

Global Affairs Canada

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Volunteer instructing environmental practices in Senegal

VETS Program in Senegal

PROGRAM DETAILS
PROJECT DATES: 2020 - 2028 
OVERVIEW:

In Senegal, livestock rearing represents 5.5% of GDP and contributes to the livelihoods of 30% of households nationwide. Health challenges related to high levels of human-animal interactions are compounded by human-caused environmental pressures. With the majority of the population living in rural areas, the impacts of unsustainable farming practices and climate change are causing significant challenges.

With VWB/VSF's partner in Senegal, the Volunteers Engaged in Gender-Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS) program is aiming to improve partner capacity to deliver inclusive gender-equitable One Health programming at the community level.

FUNDING PARTNERS:

Global Affairs Canada

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Women in Rwanda smiling

Community One Health Empowerment in Rwanda and Senegal (COHERS)

PROGRAM DETAILS
PROJECT DATES: 2023-2027
PROJECT GOAL:

To empower communities to improve health outcomes through One Health approaches to prevent, detect, and respond to prevalent zoonoses, including anthrax and cysticercosis. 

FUNDING PARTNERS:

Global Affairs Canada 

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Strengthening One Health Systems for the Protection of Health and Livelihoods (1-SHOP)

PROGRAM DETAILS
PROJECT DATES: 2024-2026
PROJECT GOAL:

To enhance the resilience of pastoralist communities in Torit County against animal diseases, including zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

FUNDING PARTNERS:

Zoetis Foundation

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  • COHERS

    Community One Health Empowerment Rwanda & Senegal (COHERS) is a strategically designed initiative that aims to address One Health Empowerment in Rwanda and Senegal.
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  • Ghana

    Since 2015, VWB/VSF has been working in Ghana to provide skilled volunteers to assist local partners in improving the nutrition and livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
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  • Kenya

    The Kenyan dairy industry contributes to the livelihoods of many farmers who lack formal economic opportunities and are subsistence farmers, wholly relying on livestock for income and nutrition.
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  • Senegal

    In Senegal, Veterinarians Without Borders provides training to pastoralists on herd health, flock management, and climate-smart agriculture practices.   
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  • South Sudan

    South Sudan is facing a state of emergency around food security and livelihoods due to longstanding violent political conflicts and the effects of climate change.
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Stories From Around The World

VETS Volunteer Voices: Building Capacity for a Better Tomorrow

VETS Volunteer Voices: Building Capacity for a Better Tomorrow

#VETSVolunteerVoices aims to bring you the stories of our passionate VETS program volunteers from the field. This blog (part 3 of 3) was contributed by Izabela Wlodarczyk, a Communications Volunteer with our VETS program in Laos (Feb-June 2024).

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150 animals and counting: Visiting Ukraine's Patron Pet Center

150 animals and counting: Visiting Ukraine's Patron Pet Center

Recently, Veterinarians Without Borders North America's (VWB) Ukraine Program Manager, Daria Kuznetsova, visited the Patron Pet Center in Kyiv.

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Webinar Replay: How can

Webinar Replay: How can "One Health" approaches enhance community resilience in a changing climate?

Watch the replay of our one-hour live webinar held on June 5th, World Environment Day 2024, to explore how rural communities are adapting to climate change impacts through One Health approaches.

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    - Nikki Sheedy

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