Lack of Immunisation, untreated wounds, undiscovered parasites: Worldwide die each year, millions of farmed animals, because no animal medical care is given. For Africa, there are official estimates, according to which every year a quarter of the farmed animals from preventable diseases die. This is in a double sense a tragic one: To a animals to suffer unnecessarily, although you would help with simplest methods to, on the other, her death plunges the pet owners, who already have little, in even greater hardships.

But there are also people fighting against the suffering of animals. Every day take great pains to supply in remote villages of the animals and with their work contribute to the Knowledge on common animal welfare more. In developing countries, there are rare animal doctors, but especially so-called Paravets, who are for the animals there. Paravet is the short form of veterinary paraprofessionals is. Taken literally, they are animal health workers, in fact, your Job is to best describe with “specialists for animal health”.

Up into the most remote corners

In many countries of Africa and Asia, the hope Paravets carrier for animals and humans in regions almost never a vet. One rarely acknowledged heroes Lamin Bojang (image below). Since ten years he is working as a Paravet in the East of the Gambia, a small country in West Africa, working. He works in the forgotten part of the country where there are hardly any real roads, and even fewer colleagues. Bojang is for the health of the animals in 20 municipalities without own means of transport. He has to rely on him, friends and Acquaintances borrow a motorcycle so that he can drive on dirt tracks to its “customers”: the countless under-served, injured and sick cattle, sheep and goats, in need of his help. As a Paravet Bojang is a very popular Person, because people have realized that it is you and your animals through his work better.

That Lamin Bojang, and his colleagues to the owners of the animal in the Gambia, in the meantime, more to the side, can stand, is also in the education program animal doctors in the WORLD. Earlier it happened often that Paravets were able to only treat the symptoms of poor living conditions. Know the problems in the Bud – for example, How I take care of the Hygiene in the chicken coop? How do I set up a donkey so that he did not have painful wounds? How can I tell early on that my goat’s stomach-bowel disorders, parasites? – had the people in the villages, because the Paravets were trained in this regard.

diseases from the beginning.

With the vets in the WORLD, a since 2015 in the Gambia active community program of the world animal protection society and world animal protection Foundation, has changed. Bojang and his colleagues learned in animal protection courses of the educational program, what Tier means and how it can be implemented in practice. They feel their own information is now in a better position to detect abuse, such as lack of Hygiene or incorrect food, and to fix together with the animal owners. For Lamin Bojang prevention and treatment is the same: “belong. When I come to a pet owner whose stable is unsanitary, then I tell him quite clearly that I only come back when you get this right.“ Bojang involves the local population in order to improve the living conditions of the animals. So he has established in his district animal protection groups, whose members support each other and give tips.

In the Gambia 30 of 68 Paravets, who are in the country for the care of the animals responsible have completed the Training of veterinarians WORLDWIDE. It was also to integrate the animal protection courses in the curricula of the University of the Gambia and the Gambia College. These two institutions are for the training of up-and-coming Paravets responsible. This is to ensure that in the medium term, all of the Paravets in the country in terms of the animal are well trained and their Knowledge throughout the country that can. With similar initiatives veterinarians WORLDWIDE in Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda actively. A total of 1.849 students, veterinarians and Paravets were 2018 in these countries in terms of animal welfare or formed.

It takes more Paravets

Despite significant improvements in education, the Problem is that there are in the Gambia, as in other developing countries, too few Paravets persists. Lamin Bojang is employed as one of 68 Paravets in the state veterinary authority in the Gambia. Theoretically, these Paravets would be for two million farm animals in the Gambia responsible. However, if a full supply is not achieve with so few employees. The number of Paravets is a far cry from the absolute minimum standard for the country, the world organisation for animal health (OIE) indicating with 138. The picture is similar in other developing countries such as Tanzania, where each Paravet is theoretically for more than 33,000 animals responsible.

Paravets are a crucial point of the action, to ensure in developing countries for animal welfare in the livestock sector. They afford an admirable job under often difficult conditions. To strengthen your profession, it means a lot to prevent animal suffering and to reduce the poverty in rural regions. Therefore, it is high time that this profession internationally pay bigger attention to.

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