Tunisia was one of the first countries our co-founder Kate Hosali travelled across in the 1920s to treat sick and injured working animals. Today, as Kate did all those years ago, our team visits remote towns and souks to provide free veterinary care for animals in need.
Tunisia at a glance
• Population: 10.9 million
• Area: 164,150 sq km
• Location: North Africa
• Capital city: Tunis
• Estimated working animal population: 652,000
• SPANA started work in Tunisia in 1925, when SPANA co-founder Kate Hosali travelled across the country to provide free veterinary care for working animals. Last year, our dedicated team treated just over 22,000 working animals in Tunisia.
• Three veterinary centres based in Bou Salem, Kasserine and Kebili
• Three mobile clinics visiting animals in souks and rural areas
• To help improve the conditions of animals used in the Tunisian tourism industry, we are setting up a carriage horse licensing scheme in the town of Tozeur this year.
• Our education work currently consists of a network of animal clubs in schools and our hands-on exhibition installed in an interactive education bus, which tours the country
• Work began on a new mobile exhibition unit to bring engaging, interactive displays and information to schoolchildren across the country.
• 13,503 pupil visits to education centres in the past year
MEET THE COUNTRY DIRECTOR: Sami Mzabi
Sami is one of SPANA’s longest serving staff members, first joining the charity in the 1980s. Five years ago Sami took up the post of country director and is responsible for our veterinary and education programmes, as well as looking after our dedicated 20 staff members there. He told SPANA News what he loves about working for the charity:
“SPANA Tunisia is an incredibly rewarding place to work, not only for me but for the whole team who are all passionate about donkeys, horses, mules and camels. We are all very proud to be able to help improve the lives of sick and injured working animals, which without us might never receive any veterinary care. “I also like that our work directly helps the owners of working animals too, some of the poorest people in Tunisia. Even though our jobs can often be challenging, it is really satisfying to see that we are making a real difference to both animals and people.”