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.


What we do

What we do

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium's work goes beyond vaccinating animals or providing veterinary care. We support local populations to improve livestock keeping and all other aspects surrounding it. These include micro-loans and natural resources management but also training, emergency aid and peace negociations.

Animal health Environment Peace
Trade Training Emergency
Women Animals  


Where we work

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium carries out work in nine African countries and in Belgium. We work in vulnerable areas, whose inhabitants are affected by drought and/or conflicts and where livestock provides a major source of revenue and food.

DR Congo tanzaniaBlue Tanzania burundiBlue Burundi
Uganda Rwanda Niger
Burkina Faso Mali Belgium

Poultry as a stepping-stone to a better future for Malian women

07 February 2017

By supporting local poultry farming in Mali, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium contributes to strengthening the leadership capacities of women.

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Why mobile phones are indispensable for livestock keepers

08 November 2016

Only 30 kilometres from the Nigerian capital Niamey, you arrive in a very remote area and you get the feeling being in the middle of nowhere: no houses, routes or cars (only a group of giraffes who passes by very gracefully). But, unlike what you may expect, all the bars on the cell phone are visible: optimal reception. 

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Milk moustaches and healthy animals in Malian refugee camp

01 September 2016 -

‘Smiling faces and milk moustaches, three times a week this scenario is guaranteed in the refugee camp’, explains Hama Boureima Dicko from Vétérinaires Sans Frontièrs Belgium in Burkina Faso. ‘We buy milk from local diaries and afterwards we transport it to the refugee sites. It’s a way of supporting two groups at the same time: the refugees and the local woman who are in charge of the milk production.’

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Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium is looking for a new Director (m/f)

06 April 2016

After 7 years of enthusiastic and committed work within Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium, our General Director, Joep van Mierlo, has decided that it is time for a change in his career. “ I need a new challenge to keep my focus and energy,” says Joep. As from the 1st of June, he will be joining the Center for Development Innovation at the Wageningen University (his Alma Mater), in the Netherlands, where he will develop the livestock branch of the Center.

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Slaughter without stunning

25 September 2015

With the Sacrifice Feast in prospect, stakeholders from different corners of civil society have voiced their opinion about the prohibition of slaughter without prior stunning in temporary slaughter places. Due to its thematic and geographic concentration of activities, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium thought it relevant to give some insights concerning the ongoing debate surrounding this practice. Still, the organisation wants to remain neutral and wishes all Muslim communities all over the world a happy Eid-al-Adha!

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