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Haiti - Health : Thousands of animals cared and vaccinated
16/01/2011 12:48:32

Haiti - Health : Thousands of animals cared and vaccinated
The capital, Port-au-Prince has more than 500,000 dogs. They suffer injuries from the earthquake and the classical problems of stray animals: tumors venereal, skin diseases, poor physical condition, uncontrolled reproduction. 
 Rabies is a serious problem in Haiti. Over 100,000 dogs have been vaccinated in Port-au-Prince last year, but vaccination campaigns, funded by the government, were suspended after the quake. Although Haiti has large stocks of rabies vaccines, there are uncertainties about their availability and conservation following the disaster.

An "animalitarian" crisis was avoided, and especially thousands of animals was cared and vaccinated, tens of trained veterinarians, laboratories constructed or reconstructed, units of care and refrigerated storage of medicines have been installed, the balance sheet, near one year after the start of operations of the coalition ARCH (Animal Rescue in Haiti), whose is part One Voice, is more than positive.

Note that from the beginning in its action, the January 23, 2010, the ARCH project was deployed in accordance with government protocols and in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, the latter revealing a valuable ally for development activity of the coalition.

In late December 2010, 49.506 animals were treated and vaccinated (mostly dogs, pigs and goats) through care units installed in the capital but also to the mobile clinic present from the beginning of operations https://www.haitilibre .com/article-630-haiti-sante-des-soins-veterinaires-pour-eviter-des-epidemies.html (in french) After vaccination against rabies and anthrax, the teams began to vaccinate against swine flu.

The National Veterinary Laboratory of Haiti who had been heavily damaged was rebuilt by local teams, with the help of ARCH. This reconstruction has also led to a restructuring of the institution with the establishment of laboratories "parasites and zoonotic diseases." The laboratory parasites, is in operation and one of zoonoses should be in the coming weeks.

ARCH had committed to build refrigeration units for storage of drugs and vaccines. On the 11 planned 9 are already installed. The political turmoil has delayed the installation of the last three units. Spread over the whole territory, these units are in accordance with the rules and practices of Haitian construction and equipped with solar panels needed for their operation.

ARCH veterinarians present in Haiti are training teams of care. Several teams can be deployed and will monitor the animals throughout the territory after the departure of the coalition.

Take care of animals, this is also take care of human health. ARCH has developed an extensive information campaign, both locally and nationally, to educate the population to the consideration of animals. Radio spots, distributing of flyers and posters during the displacements of the mobile clinic contribute mainly to raise awareness of the importance of vaccinate, of treatment and respect his animal. The recent acquisition of a bus will allow to intensify these action of information, including in the most remote locations.

Positives and encouraging, all these actions, which are also Online with the allocated budget (1.5 million), are far to be adequate. The action of the ARCH was thinking over time. Interventions must now be deployed on the entire territory. Some areas have no veterinary. Everything there is to do and create. The educational project for the inclusion in the curriculum a section devoted to the infections transmitted by animals, care and respect they are due, has not yet emerged and is still under discussion with the various ministries concerned (Agriculture, Education and Environment).

Learn more about the members of ARCH:
Currently, in addition to One Voice, the members of the Arch are: World Society for the Protection of Animals, International Fund for Animal Welfare, American Humane Association, Best Friends Animal Society, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (UK), In Defense of Animals, American Veterinary Medical Association, Antigua and Barbuda Humane Society, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, United Animal Nations, Kinship Circle, American Veterinary Medical Foundation, Swiss Animal Protection and Petfinder.com Foundation.

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