The first Local Private Veterinary Services (LPVSs) were set up in Niger 20 years ago, initiated by Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium and its local partners. Since then, we have made efforts to replicate this system in the other countries where we work, with varying degrees of success. In this article, we look back at the specific features of the LPVS model, the factors that have contributed to its success and the challenges encountered in Niger with our colleague Yacouba Mahamadou, based in Niamey.
In South Kivu, as in many parts of Africa, the population suffers from understaffing and lack of capacity in health systems. Although diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans are common, doctors and vets are not used to working together or to consulting environmental specialists. Our One Health project, implemented in partnership with Médecins du Monde and Action pour le Développement des Milieux Ruraux, aims to decompartmentalise health systems to improve the management of health risks in the eastern DRC.
The Congolese people who live around the Kahuzi-Biega National Park share their homes with their livestock and go into the forest every day, where disease-carrying wild animals live. In doing so, they unwittingly expose themselves to zoonotic diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans, which is how pandemics such as Covid-19 begin. This observation has prompted the consortium composed of Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium, Médecins du Monde and Action pour le Développement des Milieux Ruraux to develop an unprecedented One Health project to the east of this nature reserve in South Kivu.
In the night of 4 to 5 May 2023, an unprecedented flood ravaged Kalehe Territory in South Kivu, claiming more than 400 victims and destroying thousands of people’s homes. Thanks to our generous donors, we have been able to provide food aid to almost 300 people. A look back at that terrible night through the stories of three people caught up in the disaster.
Between July and September 2022, our team in Niger organised three food distributions in the south-west of the country. More than 7,500 displaced people and their host families from agropastoral communities received food aid. Djibo Mazou Boubacar, who headed the operation, answered our questions a few months later, following a satisfaction survey.
In north-eastern Uganda, Karamojong pastoralists have been going through a difficult period since last summer. Drought combined with the impact of the war in Ukraine and insecurity has taken its toll on the most vulnerable. For our colleague Emmanuel Emaruk, pastoralism remains the best response to the challenges faced in Karamoja.