On Saturday June 28, 2014 we celebrate the third anniversary of rinderpest eradication. On June 28, 2011 the international community officially declared the world free from rinderpest. At that moment, there had been no reported outbreaks of this viral animal disease for several years.
With a group of international experts on human and animal health, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium contributed to a report by the World Bank entitled “Reducing Climate Sensitive Disease Risks”.
“We will build a better future for everyone by giving people the freedom and the power to build a better future for themselves and their families.” These wise words came from Melinda Gates, wife of Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft. It is likewise a slogan adopted by Vétérinaires Sans Frontières. With your support and commitment, thousands of livestock keepers were able to improve their standard of living in 2013. Here is a brief glimpse into some of the achievements you made possible!
The conflict in South Sudan is still raging. The local population suffers. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled, to safer regions or to the neigbouring countries. Those who did not flee, try to get by as well as they can.
David Wani, country representative in Juba for Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium, sends us another update on the security situation in South Sudan. The promised negotiations between government and rebels have so far been unsuccesful. For our staff, the situation is becoming more and difficult. "Our two bases in Jonglei and Upper Nile were looted."
David Wani, country representative in Juba for Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium, gives us an update of the security situation in South Sudan. "The security situation in Juba is calm. The curfew which was up to 6:00 pm is slowly being lifted up to 8:00 pm."
David Wani, country representative in Juba for Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium, keeps us up to date on the security situation in South Sudan. The country has recently been shaken by a failed coup, leading to violence in Juba and Bor, in Jonglei State. Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon proposes a reinforcement of the UN peacekeepers in the conflict area in order to prevent the violence from escalating and leading to a civil war.
Your contribution to a healthy and productive livestock in Africa bears fruit. In 2012, your support allowed thousands of children and their families in Africa to fight against malnutrition and to face drought, conflicts, and weakening of their animals.
Within the Lakes State (central South Sudan), many children are seriously undernourished and victims of a conflict that has raged throughout the country for many years. A lot of children have fled; some of them have seen their parents killed in front of them... Despite the recent independence of South Sudan, peace still remains fragile.
South Sudan is traditionally a country of livestock farmers: 70% of its population survives on livestock. It is therefore a major loss when an animal falls ill and dies. Unfortunately, this is what is happening right now, as East Coast Fever continues to spread with deadly consequences.