Luke's March Update

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Luke's March Update!

Wed 4th Apr 2018

Happy Easter!!!!! March has whipped by!!!! Please find the below update on this month’s awesome work and thank you for all your support over the last few weeks.

Parcels and Volunteer Teams

  • 42 parcels of power were sent out this month with a total value of £35,617!!
  • Teams have been in Romania, Bolivia, Botswana, Gambia, Grenada, India and Thailand.
  • We have run surgical training courses in Ooty (1 working equine, 1 small animal), two in Goa and one in Thailand with two additional outreach trips.


Great month on the education front. Please read Gareth’s attached below. We are on target to reach 1m children in Malawi alone by the end of May, we’re also up on the 2018 first three month totals by over 100,000 people rabies educated compared with the first three month figures of 2017. Absolutely brilliant!!

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Karlette has been flat out this month pulling together a mega proposal for the Goan Health Minister. I’d like to thank the Goan Government for all their continued support for the projects and if this proposal gets the green light (fingers crossed) it will be a landmark project for dog welfare in India. To be in this position is immense and it's all down to an incredible WVS India and Mission Rabies Goa team who have achieved so much and continue to drive things on. The Goa MR team are also two months ahead of schedule so the energy of the crew there is inspiring.

Please see Julie’s report – over 9,000 dogs vaccinated this month!!!! This brings the total number of dogs vaccinated in Goa between Jan-March exceeding 26,000! Three rabid dogs were picked up – very interesting to read how one family from the Ukraine on holiday picked up a sick puppy, travelled over 136km with it trying to look after it, brought it from Karnataka to Goa (!) for us to then find it had rabies. Huge credit to Goa GPRS for contacting the MR team and thank goodness we were able to advise the family to get post exposure prophylaxis or it is very possible some of them would have died of rabies (it bit their two year old son).


Ilona’s report is below. The team celebrated their 23,000th Spay at the ITC Ooty this last week!!!

Also congratulations to Ilona on her publication: “Investigation of short-term surgical complications in a low-resource, high-volume dog sterilisation clinic in India” and sincere thanks to the University of Edinburgh Team, particular Natascha and Richard who helped see this over the line. 

The study demonstrated that high volume, low-resource sterilisation of dogs can be performed with a low incidence of surgical complications and low mortality – and it is a credit to Ilona and her exceptional surgical team in all they have achieved (and are achieving) at the ITC. Dogs Trust Worldwide and The Marchig Trust have helped create these incredible International Training Centres and it is great to know the quality of work is comparable to that of any private practice in the UK.

Please find details about the Jamste project in Ilona’s report and I’d like to acknowledge BBF for all their continued support of this brilliant programme.

I’d also like to thank WTG and the Sir Peter O’Sullevan Trust for the brilliant opportunity to drive the working equine modules and set this programme up. Also thanks again to Dr Patrick Pollock from Edinburgh University who has contributed hugely to the course structure and content to date.

Please find below some feedback from the recent donkey clinic run by Dr Aswin:

“Hello WVS! It's been a fabulous journey with you. I just attended the donkey camp in Theni with inconsequential or negligible  knowledge and Dr.Aswin has been a wonderful tutor and just incorporated many points and techniques of surgery, handling of donkeys, deworming ,vaccination and other treatment aspects.

The most glorifying point is doing castration in a most aseptic way, using catheters for IV in large animals is something very new for me. Dr.Aswin was training us in a very amazing way and he even took care of our food and bed in a better way. The best point is when we were leaving he was like " Hope you have learned something" that shows his dedication. I would really love to thank you all for providing me with this wonderful opportunity of learning. I need to Thank Dr. Balaji, Dr. Tvesa and joyens for being such a good companions. Last but not least Sam and Rajesh, if these guys were not there it would be difficult for us to learn and continue with our surgeries.

I would love to attend many more donkey camps in the near future.

Thank you each and every one of you! 

 With Best Regards, 

Dr.Shaik Baba Fakruddin”

WVS Interns

Please find below the latest three monthly report from Dr Sarasi who first came as a participant on the surgical training course in April 2016! She then applied to work with us in October 2017 and we’re super grateful for her brilliant help and commitment. It’s a great report and thanks to her for all she is doing to champion our values in her endeavours.


Dr G and Fon led two outreach teams this month. The first was in our most remote mobile clinic in Koh Yao Noi where, having begun with no community support, within five days they had neutered over 300 animals! We then supported Lanta Animal Welfare with one of their outreach projects.

A sincere thanks to Khun Guy, our brilliant ITC Manager who took part in the TSPCA Annual Meeting in Bangkok and presented our work with representatives of the Livestock Department, Veterinary Faculties amongst other animal welfare groups in Thailand.

A new year and a new style!!! Fantastic renovations underway at the Thai ITC, 280 dogs operated on and 60 rescue cases treated. Knockout work by Ian, Dr G, Guy, Ou and the team!!

There have also been some suspected rabies cases in the close province of Chiang Rai so our team are now poised and trained to ensure we can roll out a Mission Rabies component to the ITC in the near future.


I love Dagmar’s reports – the rescue cases are inspiring and the post vaccination surveys for the three districts are in – incredibly impressive!

The work that goes into this is immense and all thanks to a highly motivated and absolutely committed team. A particular thanks to Stella from the Edinburgh Team who has spent days/weeks (?!) mapping out the static points for this year's Blantyre campaign with the new programme of work as we enter phase two of the project there. It promises to be very exciting and a great development for rabies elimination strategies in similar areas.

Other news

A sincere thanks to Ryan Wallace at the CDC for hosting an amazing workshop and invited Andy and Dr Gowri to attend and participate. They have both returned buzzing from the meetings and it’s a huge lift to the whole team to have the opportunity to learn from and engage with the CDC experts. The app is developing at an incredible rate and with new features, functionalities and increasing versatility, it has the potential to become a mainstay of global disease control strategies.

Also a congratulations to Professor Sarah Cleaveland who has been awarded the Royal Society Leeuwenhoek Lecture and Medal 2018. Sarah is an inspiration to the rabies control field and her lecture will be live streamed if you can catch it:

Our Annual Reports will be ready to circulate in the next few weeks and aside from an increasing amount of trips over the next few weeks, we now have the big build up for the May campaign in Malawi!!!!

ROCK ON!!!!!!!!