Despite 90% of households keeping livestock in Laos, there are less than 100 qualified veterinarians working across the country. Animal health services to villages and rural areas are limited or non-existent.
Improved animal health capacity includes:
- Improving farming production amongst rural and peri-urban farmers who rely on livestock for long-term economic savings and short-term income, and daily and emergency food supply
- Supporting women’s empowerment through improved knowledge, agricultural production, access to income and improved nutrition
- Building technical and management capacity amongst universities and government partners to develop national extension and surveillance systems
In Laos and Cambodia, we:
- Train the next generation of Lao veterinarians in veterinary and laboratory skills and provide field experience so they can work effectively with farmers
- Teach, mentor and support animal health workers in both countries to gain basic technical knowledge, practical experience and business know-how to work as self-sufficient business enterprises
- Trained more than 100 students in Laos and supported five Canadian interns and volunteers
- Supported fifty animal health workers and rural drug vendors in Laos and Cambodia
- Facilitated livestock vaccinations and administration of medications in nineteen villages in Laos and Cambodia through vaccination campaigns and livestock clinics, and micro-credit systems to rural drug vendors
Improving Rural Livelihoods and Food Security in Laos and Cambodia works in Xaythany District, Vientiane Capital, Laos and Battambang Province, Cambodia. The project is led by Veterinarians Without Borders and jointly delivered by the Faculty of Agriculture, National University of Laos, Agronomes et Vétérinaires sans Frontières and Agricultural Development Action. We would also like to acknowledge the financial support from the Government of Canada.