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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It's all about poo-poo

24 March 2015

Building latrines can be a good solution. A latrine is probably even one of the best solutions. But why is the construction of latrines one of those development projects that so often seem to fail? The examples are plenty: toilet constructions that are so nice that they are now being used as the office of a local politician; latrines that are locked, except when the NGO visits them because “it is Josephine’s toilet!”; the community who has built a nice latrine, or so it seems, until you open the door and you see there is not even a hole -they only wanted to please the donor… So, it is not about latrines. It is all about poo-poo.


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.


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.


Development of a private, local veterinary service in Rwanda

30 March 2011

The first phase of the Proxivet project lasted three years and has now come to an end. The second phase began in January 2011 and is similarly expected to take three years. Sarah Van Steenwinkel, junior assistant for Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium and based in Butare since September 2010, describes the program, which is bringing together veterinarians and livestock keepers.


World veterinary year

24 January 2011

On 24 January 2011, the international community officially launched the world veterinary year. Veterinary education was founded in France 250 years ago. Not only do veterinarians guarantee animal health, they also play a crucial role for human health. In fact, looking at cattle breeding today, millions of families in the developing world still depend on livestock for their survival.