The Dete community is set to benefit from a recently launched Community-Based One Health Program for improving animal, human and environmental health around Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) in southern Africa, with a focus on the Kavango-Zambezi TFCA (KAZA-TFCA, and in particular Hwange, Dete, Mambanje Community.
The program which is being supported by the Odyssey for Change Ltd in partnership with the African Bush Camps Foundation seeks to provide a comprehensive vaccination programme for cattle against important diseases (black quarter & anthrax, botulism, brucella, Lumpy Skin Diseases, rabies) and antiparasite treatment, vaccination of dogs against rabies & distemper, vaccination of chicken against Newcastle diseases, as well as ad hoc veterinary treatment of domestic animals in the community.
African Bush Camps Foundation team had the rare privilege of spending the day with renowned Vets Dr Richard Hoare and Dr Julie Garnier as they conducted focus group discussions with members of the livestock health committee in Mambanje. Key amongst the community needs is a good clean water source for both their livestock and the general community. Village elders bemoaned the current scenario where they are travelling at least 12kms to the nearest drinking hall for their livestock and at least 4 kms to the only village borehole that still has some water available for the many households of Mambanje.
The village meeting was used to officially launch the One Health support in the village of Mambanje. Beyond offering comprehensive animal health program, the programme l also seeks to support the general health and wellbeing of the community with a bias towards women’s health and economic livelihood. The 12 months long programme will kick off with awareness campaigns targeted at enlightening the community members on the various important diseases (black quarter & anthrax, botulism, brucella, Lumpy Skin Diseases, rabies) and anti-parasite treatment, vaccination of dogs against rabies & distemper, vaccination of chicken against Newcastle diseases.