May 3, 2011
The Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) has successfully met all six objectives outlined in its $1 million agreement with the Haitian government.
After running operations seven days a week for the past year, ARCH steps aside as the Haitian government continues to address animal needs in Haiti through the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MARNDR).
“The operation in Haiti is one of the largest, most successful animal disaster relief efforts to date,” said Gerardo Huertas, WSPA Disaster Management Director, the Americas. “Thanks to our supporters, technical capabilities and hard-working team of veterinarians, we met every goal we set for ourselves, and can now – with certainty – transition the operation over to MARNDR.”
Watch “Lit”, a WSPA film on recovery efforts in Haiti:
Formed by WSPA and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) just days after the earthquake in 2010, ARCH was comprised of more than 20 of the world’s leading animal welfare groups, and the only coalition that set off to provide relief for the animal survivors in Haiti and address the threat of disease spreading from animals to humans.
The overall aim of the relief effort was to improve animal welfare conditions, repair the country’s damaged veterinary capacity and have long-lasting impact for animals and people following the devastating earthquake.
Since its inception, ARCH’s Mobile Veterinary Clinic has treated nearly 68,000 animals, including dogs, cats, horses, cattle, pigs, goats and sheep. The clinic has serviced the greater metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince, as well as other quake-impacted areas like Carrefour and Leogane.
Other objectives met during the past year of operations include:
• Repaired veterinary infrastructure and supplies by helping rebuild the National Veterinary Laboratory, install 12 solar-powered refrigeration units critical for animal vaccination storage, and train veterinarians to deal with disaster situations in the future.
• Promoted pet care and animal welfare education by launching a public awareness campaign about disaster preparedness, and health issues related to livestock and pets, and worked closely with MARNDR to include animal welfare in Haiti’s education curriculum for children ages 8-12.
• Protected the health of humans by vaccinating Haiti’s animal population against diseases like rabies and Newcastle’s disease, treated animals for parasites, and prevented the outbreak of diarrhea which would exacerbate the Cholera epidemic.
• Conducted the first animal population and attitudinal survey in Port-au-Prince that provides critical information on animal numbers, health-related data and human-animal interaction.