We work out of a dedicated centre in Bamako, Mali’s capital city. Here we provide free veterinary care for thousands of working animals every year.
We have mobile clinics that travel to isolated communities that depend on SPANA for their animals' wellbeing, our para-vets travel to places such as Timbuktu and further out into remote locations.
Last year our Country Director trained 113 teachers to give animal welfare lessons, using books and other informative materials produced by SPANA. Children were so desperate to take part in the lessons that they many of them shared books. Over 7,500 children took part in the lessons.
Recent political unrest
Since 1996, SPANA has worked in Mali, one of Africa’s poorest countries. From the rubbish dumps of Bamako, where countless donkeys work in terrible conditions, to the edge of the Sahara, SPANA helps over 25,000 animals every year.
Mali can be a challenging country in which to work. But in recent months the worsening security situation has created further difficulties. In the north, al-Qaeda attacks and an uprising by Tuareg militia have made our work increasingly difficult.
Further south, our work in and around the capital, Bamako, has so far continued as normal. However news of the military coup in recent days are clearly troubling. For the time being our work continues largely unaffected, but we continue to monitor the rapidly-changing security situation. We will update supporters should this situation change.
SPANA’s chief executive Jeremy Hulme talks about the situation in Mali and the impact it has had on the Mauritanian refugee camp in Mbera.Find out more
Exhausted and starving, animals working on Mali’s rubbish dumps resort to eating plastic bags, cardboard and rusting metal. My name is Jeremy Hulme and I’m the chief executive of SPANA. I’ve witnessed the suffering of animals in many countries, but Mali’s rubbish dumps are nothing short of a living hell. Please help them today.Find out more
The rubbish dumps at Lafiabougou and Doumazana in Bamako, Mali’s capital city, are always busy.Find out more