WORK AREA; GEOGRAPHICAL REGIONS COVERED
- Manyara Region.
- They visited Losinyai and Olmotonyi villages. The two villages Losinyai and Olmotonyi belong to the Simanjiro district, Manyara Region.
Mobile Clinic Veterinarians;
- Dr. Dauson Katulitsa
- Dr. Sabbath Bwanga
- Ms. Irene Wairimu
- Mr. Kiidia Paulo(Village Executive Officer)
- Mr. KilasiMollel(Government para-vet)
Mobile Clinic Asistants;
- Ms. Shari Wright
- Mr. Johnson Lyimo
- Mr. Victor Marco
- Ms. Witness Anthony
ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT
MAWO carried out trainings on proper harnessing, materials to make proper improvised harnesses and how to avoid injuries as a result of poor harnessing.
They also taught them the need to call veterinarians when the animals are sick and also the need to use only healthy animals as pack animals. Also the need to use adult donkeys instead of young juvenile donkeys to carry loads.
MAWO taught them the need to provide clean water to their donkeys regularly if not always and the need to feed them so as they can obtain as much energy from the feed and boost their immune systems.
They used Ivermectin 1% for prophylactic and treatment of ectoparasites and endoparasites thus improve the comfortability of the animals. We treated several eye cases and wound which majority was as a result of poor harnessing and restraining. Also some of the wounds were as a result of branding with crude blunt objects.
Most of the individuals who came for the clinic and training were really curious on the practices done and were eager to go home and try out the new improvised harness. Others, especially the women saw it as a possible economic venture where they could make the harnesses for sale and make a living to boost their financial pool.
The people promised to call the local veterinarians whenever their animals get sick. They also promised not to use juvenile donkeys to carry loads, or overload the animals. They promised to give them feed and water and also share the information they gained with the rest of the community members.
- Improved donkey welfare
- Minimal wounds and injuries which mainly result from neglect or malicious practices
- Change of mindset and attitudes by the people towards donkeys
- Economic boost for the people as they will have healthier donkeys which can manage to work for them. Also the sake of the improvised harnesses.
NUMBER OF DONKEY REACHED
|4.||DEWORMING & ECTOPARASITE CONTROL||357|
|TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES||357|
The donkey clinics and education are quite important in changing the mindset and attitudes of the people towards a positive thinking about donkeys. The people are changing the title of the donkey “The Beast of Burdens” to “A Friend In Deed”.
The is a lot to be done still but we are positive that one day (very soon) Northern Tanzania will be a Cruel-free region towards animals.