21 April 2015

Working with: Donyaepa
Community vet volunteers in Ghana

In rural Ghana, working animals and livestock support the livelihoods of poor and vulnerable communities.  As with so much of the region, the health of the animal population is an important factor in determining the health of the community at large.

Yet despite their importance, when animals are sick or injured, only the lucky few will ever have access to veterinary care. Without a professional veterinary service, working animals rely on the animal husbandry skills of their owners, few of whom will ever have received formal training.

SPANA is delivering training to 300 community veterinary volunteers in the northern region of Ghana, who will use their training to educate animal owners in management, basic treatment and welfare. Our funding has also paid for a motor tricycle, which will help us access even the remotest and most inhospitable places. The funding will also orientate 200 Ghanian teachers to spread SPANA's animal welfare message to 9,000 students in 20 schools. 

Working with the Ghanaian Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the SPANA project will also provide free veterinary care to 6,500 working animals in need.

Working with GSPCA (Ghana Society for the Protection and Care of Animals)

As part of SPANA's aims to improve the long term welfare of working animals by teaching children, we will be working with GSPCA in two schools in the Accra Region. SPANA will also be funding a circuit supervisor to ensure volunteer teachers have the tools they need to reach children by helping to organise lessons and engage children with activities like animal welfare quizzes.


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