Zimbabwe

As the economic situation in Zimbabwe deteriorated, poorer rural communities became increasingly reliant on donkeys for trade and transport. Few vets are now working in the country: if an animal becomes injured or falls sick their owner may be may struggle to find trained veterinary workers to treat them. SPANA has been working with two partner organisations to deliver programmes to improve the welfare of Zimbabwe’s working donkeys.

Donkeys queue up for treatment in ZimbabweAWARE

SPANA is supporting the work of the AWARE Trust, working through a mobile veterinary clinic that services a vast area to improve the animal welfare for thousands of working animals.

Some of the common problems seen in Zimbabwe include harness wounds and eye problems.

The mobile clinic provides routine de-worming, dipping (to protect against tsetse fly borne diseases, ticks and mange), rabies vaccination, teeth rasping, and feet trimming.

AWARE also educates donkey owners and gives talks at the local schools

The Donkey Protection Trust

SPANA partner organisation The Donkey Protection Trust (DPT) delivers mobile veterinary services in the Bulawayo area.  The DPT is one of the few animal welfare charities still operating in the region, where it has been based for over ten years

SPANA has provided a 4x4 vehicle so that staff can reach even more animals across Matabeleland.

Road traffic accidents are a major issue for working donkeys, causing terrible injuries. The trust implements a programme to modify carts, adding reflectors to minimise the risk of accidents.

Lifesaving work in Zimbabwe: the AWARE Trust

In September, veterinary director Andy Stringer travelled to rural Zimbabwe to see first hand the difference our two outreach projects are making to the lives of the hardworking donkeys that live there. Here’s part one of his report from the field:

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Lifesaving work in Zimbabwe part two: DPT

In September, veterinary director Andy Stringer travelled to rural Zimbabwe to see first hand the difference our two outreach projects are making to the lives of the hardworking donkeys that live there. Here’s part two of his report from the field:

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