Afghanistan: paravet training and community empowerment
Accessing treatment for Afghanistan’s one-million-plus horses, donkeys and mules has been difficult for owners, hampered by a lack of training, skills and knowledge in the country.
The Brooke has been working with local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Afghanistan to alleviate these animals’ suffering since 2003.
We are currently working in partnership with the Dutch Committee for Afghanistan to help paravets deal with the complexities of equine illness.
Traditionally, paravets have played a major role providing care for sheep and cows but have lacked the detailed knowledge to help horses and donkeys.
To remedy this, we have helped train paravets in the remote provinces of Balkh, Badakshan and Herat and improved the animal welfare understanding among 700 owners in the region.
In the capital city Kabul, we have been improving the conditions of up to 600 working animals, liaising with local communities and existing service providers.
One of the key challenges in Afghanistan has been to reach out to women, many of whom spend more time than men, rearing and caring for animals.
In the second half of 2010, over 300 women were trained in best equine welfare practices, benefiting nearly 400 animals.