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Veterinary Outreach Report

Tanzania Animal Welfare Society (TAWESO) conducted veterinary outreach clinics in the mountain villages bordering between Kongwa and Mpwapwa districts in Dodoma region in the central Tanzania.

We reached the villages - Mcheula, Minyinga, Ikulu and Chamhawi. The donkeys were in very bad condition as they do daily work in the mountains areas and are always overloaded with either water, charcoal, crops (grains, vegetables, sugar canes), firewoods and building materials.

We were able to reach and help a total of 416 donkeys during the outreach program and the extension officers responsible for the three villages were trained so they can continue helping the animals after the project ended.

We dealt with many extraordinary wounds and the poor donkeys were still working despite the pain they were experiencing because of these horrific wounds. Also there were other disease conditions especially associated with tick bites as the donkey owners said they do not wash them with acaricides (tick and fly repellants/removers) as they did not know about it. Some donkeys have lameness, eye problems and enteric conditions.

Thank you Animal Aid Abroad for supporting this veterinary outreach which relieved hundreds of suffering donkeys in the rural central poor areas of Tanzania.

The villagers were so grateful for the free veterinary care and were much touched and pledged to continue to help their donkeys through the available extension officers who will be helping them at a low cost after we left. This is good news for the working donkeys as they have been living in agony at all times.

Again thank you Animal Aid Abroad.

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