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One year later: WSPA assesses the impact of animal relief work in Haiti

Jan 10, 2011

Since last January, WSPA has been on the ground in the Haiti, addressing the needs of its surviving animal population and broken veterinary infrastructure. Because of the amazing, ongoing contributions from supporters, WSPA – as part of the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH)  – has accomplished the following in Haiti during the past year:

Treated More than 50,000 Animals in Need

  • Last January, ARCH set up a mobile veterinary clinic, which allowed trained veterinarians to travel into earthquake-stricken neighborhoods and provide medical aid to tens of thousands of dogs, cats, goats, cattle, horses and other animals.
  • To date, the team has directly treated and vaccinated more than 50,000 animals, therefore aiding in the economic recovery of the communities that depend on those animals.

Protected the Health of Humans

  • By vaccinating animals against diseases such as rabies and Newcastle’s disease, ARCH indirectly protected humans in the Haitian community.
  • By treating animals for parasites, the team prevented an outbreak of diarrhea, which would have exacerbated the Cholera problem.

Repaired Veterinary Infrastructure & Supplies

  • Helped repair and re-stock the National Veterinary Laboratory.
  • Installed 12 solar powered refrigeration units, which are critical to storing animal vaccinations.
  • Started the training of veterinarians toward building a community-based risk reduction effort to help prepare for disaster situations in the future.

Promoted Pet Care & Animal Welfare Education

  • Launched a public awareness campaign to educate Haitians about disaster preparedness and health issues related to their livestock and pets.
  • Worked closely with the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MARNDR) to develop capacity to monitor and support animal health. The new veterinary team now works with the MARNDR on epidemiological surveillance when suspected rabies cases appear and will be capable of rapid deployment in the event of another emergency.

By focusing on both the immediate and long-term needs of the Haitian community, ARCH has ensured that supporters’ generosity is used both effectively and efficiently – not just to treat the animals affected by the earthquake, but also to help the Haitians on their long and arduous road to recovery.

More information on WSPA’s disaster relief efforts >>

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