GEOGRAPHICAL REGIONS COVERED
- Manyara Region. We visited Naiseri villages. The villageNaiseri belong to the Simanjiro district, Manyara Region.
- To improve the health of donkeys in Manyara through access to veterinary services.
- To improve the performance and health of donkeys through capacity building of donkey owners and the community members on donkey welfare and health issues
- To carry our harnessing training
- To carry out deworming ,wound treatment and other ailment
|3||Deworming & Ectoparasite control||298|
|Total number of donkeys||298
Mobile Clinic Veterinarians:
- Dr. DausonKatulitsa
- Ms. Irene Wairimu (MAWO Para-vet)
- Mr. Kidia (Government Para-vet)
Mobile Clinic Assistants:
- Mr. Johnson Lyimo
- Ms. Witness Anthony
ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT
We carried out trainings on proper harnessing, materials to make proper improvised harnesses and how to avoid injuries as a result of poor harnessing.
We 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.
We 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.
We 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.
We observed increase in the number of donkeys brought to the clinic as also we are targeting our clinic near water source/tap. The increase as now people already finished to harvest and donkey now are working to transport things to market and fertching water as now its dry season . Most of donkeys has many wounds and poor heath as they have been working through day to day to help most farmers to harvest and to transfer their goods.
- 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 especially for the men
- 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.
- Community and Donkey owner to be aware of treating Donkey like other animals (Cows) for both feeding and treatment
The donkey clinics and education is quite important in changing the mindset and attitudes of the people towards a positive thinking about donkeys. This is especially with relation to gender biases and its influence on animal welfare. All genders need to be aware that taking care of animals is an individual’s responsibility and that it should not be restricted to one gender.
OCTOBER TO NOVEMBER SCHEDULE
Meru District has sent us the big request of asking to conduct donkey mobile clinic on the critical village below:
- Kwa- ugoro