The launch of project ‘EVE’ (Energie Verte & Elevage – Green Energy & Livestock) took place on Tuesday 30th September in Nyamagabe district in Southern Province of Rwanda, with the participation of many invited guests, including local and national dignitaries, representatives of VSF Belgium’s partners from local and international NGOs, including IMBARAGA (VSF’s main local partner), and the representative from the Belgian embassy in Kigali.
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."
Adam Abba works for in Niger for Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium as a rural development expert (technicien de développement rural). He sent an email to our headquarters in Belgium, included some pictures of him working and explained what his job consists of.
Tine Deschacht just returned to Belgium, after living for over 2 years in Uganda, East Africa. She has been working in the Karamoja region for Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium. At the end of her stay, she wrote a blog to report on her living conditions and her professional activities.
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.
In September 2012, David J. Lane, US ambassador to the UN agencies in Rome, visited the Vétérinaires Sans Frontières 'Likes' project in Niger. "What you are doing here is fantastic," he commented at the end of his visit. By optimising animal health care and encouraging farmers to restore pastures, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières is limiting the losses that livestock farmers suffer due to mortality or low price sales during crisis situations.