Nearly a quarter of Pakistan's population live on less than a dollar a day, surviving either by farming or producing major exports such as textiles, rice, cotton and leather.

There are over 4.7 million horses, donkeys and mules in Pakistan. These animals are involved in a variety of work from transporting people and goods, to working in brick kilns and agriculture.

Unfortunately, many of Pakistan's poorest communities do not have access to good quality veterinary services for their working animals.

Major equine welfare issues include work related injuries, overloading, firing, slit nostrils, lameness, worm infestation, colic, and other equine management related problems.

Animal welfare problems in Pakistan cannot be improved through veterinary services alone. A flexible, community-based approach informed by a detailed understanding of how economic and social issues affect animal welfare in local communities, is also needed.

Making a difference

  • Starting from a single mobile clinic in Peshawar in 1991, Brooke Pakistan has expanded to cover areas of extreme need in four provinces. The Brooke delivers veterinary and welfare services to working equines through a network of mobile teams and static clinics in 26 districts (Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshera, Charsada, Sawabi, Lahore, Sheikupura, Kasur, Multan, Khaniwal, Muzafergarh, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Faisalabad, Sarghoda, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Sahiwal, Okara, Karachi, Sukkur,  Jacobabad, Shikarpur, and Larkana) of Pakistan.
  • Brooke Pakistan has reached over 446,000 working horses, donkeys and mules in more than 300 poorest communities in Pakistan and train hundreds of vets, local service providers and community based animal health workers.
  • The Brooke Pakistan trains and builds the capacity of local service providers such as farriers, saddlers and cart makers. We also educate government and private vets and train local people to become community animal health workers, lady livestock workers and community livestock extension workers
  • The Brooke aims to influence other government and non-government organisations and institutes to include equine health and welfare component in their policies that will improve equine welfare and reduce animal suffering. These partner organisations include University of Agriculture - Faisalabad, Livestock and Fisheries Department - Government of Sindh, Sind Rural Support Organisation, and Punjab Rural Support Program.
  • During 2013-14, Brooke Pakistan will be carrying out approximately 254,800 treatments through its 32 mobile veterinary teams and 6 static clinics

Read the latest blogs from Pakistan here and here  

Pakistan at a glance

Population: 193 million (July 2013 estimate)
Human Development Index: 146 (out of 187)
Percentage of people living below the poverty line: 22.3 per cent
Number of working equines: 4.7 million

Mules at work in the Brick Kiln in Peshawar

Mules at work in a brick kiln in Peshawar. ©Damon Lynch

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