What we do

VSF-Suisse fights against hunger and poverty in various countries in East and West Africa. We work especially for and with people who depend on animals for their livelihood.

VSF-Suisse contributes to poverty alleviation through the following interventions:

Income generating activities

Support income generating activities that allow for a stable income based on livestock and thus contribute to a reduction in malnutrition and poverty.

Disaster Risk Reduction

Support victims of catastrophes and improve emergency preparedness.

Veterinary services

Reduce the effects of diseases that are transmitted from animals onto humans and improve food security.


Inform the Swiss public about the challenges faced by livestock owners in developing countries.


To date, more than half a billion people live below the poverty line and fight daily for survival, which prevents sustainable development. Healthy animals are thus elementary for human survival: they provide food and generate an additional income.

More than one billion people worldwide are also dependent on animals. For their livelihood or even for their survival.


The year 2019 in numbers

  • 46 projects
  • in 8 countries
  • 1’182’407 men, women and children supported
  • 3’245’617 animals treated or vaccinated
  • 509’540 litres of milk produced and sales supported
  • 390’462 litres of milk pasteurised
  • 8’513 persons trained: beneficiaries, community animal health workers, experts, staff and partner

This was achieved with and through:

  • 114 staff
  • a budget of ca. 7.7 million CHF

What we fight against


Globally, 815 million people are undernourished of which 25,000 die each day; that is 1 person every 3.5 seconds. Most of them are children. Hunger threatens more human beings worldwide than Aids, malaria and tuberculosis together. Hunger and malnutrition hamper the physical and mental capabilities. Capacity to learn and produce declines constantly and pushes the affected people further and further into the cycle of poverty.

The main factors for hunger are

  1. natural disasters,
  2. violent conflicts,
  3. lack of agricultural infrastructure and
  4. overexploitation of the environment.

In recent history financial and economic crises have further contributed to the accelerated poverty rates.


1 in 3 people live on less than 1USD a day.

700 million people living in poverty depend entirely or to a large extent on livestock for their survival.

Animals are traded for other basic goods and often represent a savings account. The livestock produces food such as milk or eggs; provide meat, wool, leather and fertiliser.

Finally, the animals are used for work or transport and in addition play an important socio-cultural role in most rural communities.

Your support helps people and animals live and survive.

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What we do

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse (VSF-Suisse) works predominantly for and with people who depend on livestock for their livelihoods. VSF-Suisse supports the development of basic veterinary services through training of lay vets, advises livestock holders in the areas of breeding, hygiene and disease prevention and supports them in the production and marketing of their products.

All of those measures lead to improved nutrition of the beneficiaries. The additionally generated income enables the pastoralists to have improved access to health services and education and thus offers a way out of poverty.

We work in eight African Countries and employ approximately 160 staff, most of whom are local.

Our goal

Wherever possible we work with local partners and include all stakeholders in all phases of our projects in order to ensure long-term successes.