AWELAD

Project Overview

Country

South Sudan

Project name

AWELAD

Project status

Finished

Duration of the project

Start: 01.01.2017
End: 31.03.2017
2 months

Budget

CHF 12’000

Donors

Brooke, Action for Working Horses and Donkeys

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Background

In South Sudan, horses, mules, and especially donkeys have a pivotal role in agriculture and in the household economy: on the one hand, people work with equines for land cultivation and food production, and on the other hand, these animals secure livelihoods and increase food security, as famine is still threatening parts of the country.
Furthermore, donkeys are a valuable ally for women: not only do they rely on donkeys for transportation of commodities and water but they also need them to take sick relatives to hospital.

In the state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, the difficulties related to the conflict that is tearing South Sudan apart are significant: food insecurity, poor access to water, lack of health and vet services, etc. The animals that are vital for the people are neglected or even mistreated, and forgotten on the policy agenda.

The aim of the AWELAD project was to raise awareness among the stakeholders on the importance of animal welfare.

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Animal health concerns everyone: a healthy animal lives longer and is more productive, risks of diseases are reduced and food safety is improved. Healthy animals save lives!

The AWELAD project is a pioneering initiative in South Sudan. The objectives were to improve equine welfare and build capacities through awareness-raising trainings of various stakeholders : owners, handlers, traders, government representatives, animal health workers, etc.

The owners were sensitized and trained on how to handle their animals appropriately during and after work. Among other things, we taught the beneficiaries of the project not to whip the animals, to give them enough time to rest, to be sure they have enough food and water and to take them to the vet when they are sick. The animals were dewormed too, which helps them to be more resistant in the dry season.

We trained the state veterinary of Northern Bahr El Ghazal and livestock technicians in basic equine health conditions, equine medicine and practices. They also benefitted from the distribution of material and manuals. To preserve the gains of this initiative and enhance their capacities in the long haul, they proposed to form an information-sharing platform.

. Those who are on the frontline to keep the livestock in good health, the Community Animal Health Workers, were trained in equine management, and equipped with veterinary drugs and supplies. They are now able to provide equine health services across various counties. .

The people we trained are agents of change among their communities: they have the knowledge, skills and commitment to address equines welfare, teach best practices in a practical way and inform on the needs of these animals long after the end of this innovative project. Moreover, the government representatives involved will also raise awareness on these issues. . . Moreover, the government representatives involved will also raise awareness on these issues.

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