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One Health

These South Sudanese girls and women live outdoors among their cattle for months at a time, putting them at risk for a variety of animal-borne diseases.

Protecting the health of people by caring for animals

In the developing world, people and animals often live in very close proximity.  The health of one is highly dependent on the health of the other.  That’s why Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans frontières’ work is so important and why health professionals from many disciplines took a moment recently  to commemorate Global One Health Day.

 VWB/VSF’s volunteers and partners are working on the front lines of One Health which, like the related concept of ECOhealth, recognizes that animals, people, and the natural environment are inextricably linked.  An estimated 2.2 million people die every year from the top 13 diseases transmitted from animals and more than 75 per cent of the emerging infectious diseases affecting people worldwide originate with animals. The majority of those deaths happen in the very places where VWB/VSF is working – the poorer regions of Africa and Asia-- and the people most affected are small holder livestock farmers – the very people that VWB/VSF works with.  When VWB/VSF-trained community animal health workers vaccinated cattle for Brucellosis in the cattle camps of South Sudan, they were not only protecting the animals, but also the people – mostly children and adolescents who live among the animals.  And when VWB/VSF supports rabies vaccination among dogs and cats in Laos or in remote communities of Canada’s north, we are protecting the children who interact with those animals on a daily basis.

According to a statement from the International Livestock Research Institute, "Targeting the diseases in the hardest-hit countries is crucial to protecting global health as well as to reducing severe levels of poverty and illness among the world's 1 billion poor livestock keepers."

That is exactly what we do, but we need your help to keep our volunteers and partners fighting this battle.  Please make an on-line contribution today, or mail a cheque to the address below.  

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