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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Press contact

jostigadeyneJosti Gadeyne

j.gadeyne@vsf-belgium.org

T +32 (0)2 240 49 55

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Network and expertise

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium works in collaboration with over ten partner organisations in eight different countries. We have a regional office in West Africa (Niger), Central Africa (Rwanda) and another in East Africa (Kenya) as well as several local project offices. In addition to the dozen staff working at the headquarters in Brussels, there are over 100 collaborators and local partners who work alongside us in the field. They are, for the most part, local personnel as well as some international development workers. They are able to relay first-hand information and accompany journalists in the field.

Our contacts can give information about the African countries in which we work (Burkina Faso, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan), livestock keeping and agriculture, veterinary medicine, development cooperation, emergency aid, meat consumption, climate change, gender equality, indigenous communities, pastoralism (nomadic herding), Millennium Development Goals, conflict management...

Press strategy

We send out press releases (mostly in Dutch and French), arrange field visits for journalists and facilitate media projects; we always work in close collaboration with the press. Through these media channels we aim to raise public awareness of topics such as development cooperation, the fight against poverty, small-scale livestock keeping and meat consumption.

Freedom of the press is of utmost importance to Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium, we therefore never interfere with journalists' work.

Photographers

An image can be stronger than words, which is why we regularly send professional photographers out into the field. We have previously worked with Raymond Dakoua, Tim Dirven, Thierry Geenen, Cédric Gerbehaye, Roger Job, Dieter Telemans, Francesco Zizola etc. The use of their pictures is decided together with the photographer.

At Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium we also have our own collection of pictures, which can be used free of charge; however, their use depends on prior permission being granted by the organisation. Take a look in our media library or ask for a picture directly from our press contact.

Press releases, dossiers and opinions

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Take a look through our archives and discover press releases, dossiers and opinions.