In Africa, millions of people survive by their livestock. Yet veterinary care is often insufficiently available. When farmers lose their herds to disease, drought or conflict, they lose everything: their pride, their culture, their savings and their livelihood. By helping to care for livestock and improve production, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium supports local populations in their struggle against hunger and poverty.

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In 2013, your support helped people climb out of poverty

31 March 2014

“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!

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Update South Sudan: "Two bases were looted"

13 January 2014

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."

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Your support has changed lives in 2012

13 March 2013

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.

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US ambassador visits Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium in Niger

18 February 2013

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.

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Drought in East Africa predicted

26 July 2011

A humanitarian catastrophe has once again hit the Horn of Africa. More than 11 million people are in urgent need of food aid and, in the most affected areas, more than half of the children are suffering from malnutrition. This is horrifying news. Images of under-nourished, skeletal children haunt our minds. However, was this situation not predicted? And is drought the real cause for this new food crisis?

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Vets help Malian refugees back on their feet

30 January 2013

Since the beginning of March 2012, the armed conflict in Mali has forced tens of thousands of families to flee from the north of the country. Although Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium is not active in the conflict zone itself, the organisation provides assistance to those who have fled to the south; at the end of last year, the NGO distributed goats to 1,000 families in the Ségou region. Vets will be monitoring their wellbeing throughout the year.

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Niger: emergency aid for animals and people

05 July 2012

Niger is in the grip of a food crisis. Over 6.4 million people do not have enough to eat and are living from day to day, not knowing if there will be sufficient food tomorrow to stave off their hunger. The crisis has been caused chiefly by persistent drought, failed harvests and high food prices. As with drought, the first heavy rains can also prove fatal for livestock. Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium is now providing emergency aid to farmers and their animals in Niger, as losing their livestock would be a catastrophe for the majority of Nigeriens.

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Diary from Niger: between life and death

06 July 2012

The Sahel region of Africa is currently suffering a severe food crisis. In Niger, one of the countries most affected, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium is taking necessary measures to minimise the impact of the crisis on the population. Staff member Josti Gadeyne went to the West African country last June and kept a diary, capturing the most memorable moments of her visit.

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Images of the drought in Turkana

16 August 2011

At the end of July, Francesco Zizola was in Turkana to take pictures of the drought. The photographer of NOOR agency has seven World Press Photo awards to his credit. He went, among others, with Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium to Turkana and witnessed the aid brought to livestock keepers by our NGO.

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Drought in East Africa predicted

28 July 2011

A humanitarian catastrophe has once again hit the Horn of Africa. More than 11 million people are in urgent need of food aid and, in the most affected areas, more than half of the children are suffering from malnutrition. This is horrifying news. Images of under-nourished, skeletal children haunt our minds. However, was this situation not predicted? And is drought the real cause for this new food crisis?

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