White horse in Ethiopia suffering from a parasitic infection

In some areas of Ethiopia, over one in three working horses like Shasho are under threat from the devastating disease EZL. 

Epizootic lymphangitis (EZL) causes terrible suffering, infecting horses bodies with burning ulcers that quickly spread, infecting the respiratory system and vital internal organs. Without early intervention, the infection results in such relentless pain that afflicted animals are unable to work, or sometimes even walk.

Due to the contagious nature of EZL, infected horses like Shasho are often abandoned by their owner and left to suffer a terrible death.

How you can help

SPANA is working hard to treat animals suffering with EZL and stop the spread of the disease, but we need your support to continue this lifesaving work.

A donation from you today, no matter how big or small, will help relieve the suffering of horses like Shasho and give them a second chance.

Please help us to battle this devastating disease.

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can fund a four week treatment course for two horses with EZL including disinfecting their wounds and providing potassium iodide to help kill the infection.


could train 10 owners to make padded girths to protect their horses from sores that could result in EZL infection


could treat the wounds of two horses, providing bandages and cleaning and disinfecting the injuries to prevent EZL infection.