Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium (VSF Belgium) empowers disadvantaged livestock dependent communities (in the South) to improve their livelihood.

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2005

Mission

 

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium (VSF Belgium) empowers disadvantaged livestock dependent communities (in the South) to improve their well-being.

The Belgian NGO supports pastoral stockbreeders, agro-pastoralists and peri-urban livestock keepers in 9 African countries: Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, Uganda, Mauritania, Benin, Rwanda, Burundi and DR Congo.

What does Vétérinaires Sans Frontières do?

  • in the South

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium (VSF Belgium) fights against hunger and poverty by improving veterinary healthcare in remote areas. Via local partner organizations, VSF Belgium supports private vets with training and materials with which to equip their practices and adapt them to the conditions of the countryside. They also train livestock keepers to become community animal health workers so that they can take care of the animals of their community.

The activities of VSF Belgium go beyond the simple vaccination of cattle. VSF Belgium supports communities to create feed banks and to manage local financial institutions. The NGO also improves the access of livestock keepers to cattle markets and helps them to construct water pontes for animals and humans. VSF Belgium encourages opposing communities to reach agreements on the areas in which the various herds can graze and water.

  • in the North

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium aims to raise awareness among policy makers, farmers and livestock keepers, students in agronomy and veterinary medicine and consumers, emphasizing the importance of concepts such as food sovereignty, climate change and small-scale farming. These activities involve lectures, advocacy, debates, fairs, educational and video material,...

How can you help?

Financial support

  • for the purchase of livestock, small livestock (chickens, rabbits, goats) and equipment (drinking troughs, feeders, food)
  • for veterinary care of livestock 
  • training on basic preventive veterinary care for a community animal health worker in Niger so that he can treat and vaccinate his herd and that of the surrounding villages.

Volunteers in Belgium

  • administration
  • translation (Dutch, French, English)
  • communication, promotion, fundraising
  • to help with development of educative material and policy documents
  • IT and website management
Release by Donorinfo - Last modification : 17/11/2020