WVS Team up with Mission Rabies for Tanzania Vaccination and Sterilisation Project

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WVS Team up with Mission Rabies for Tanzania Vaccination and Sterilisation Project

Mon 18th Feb 2019

Ever since Mission Rabies began running a vaccination campaign in Tanzania, with support from local organisation Mbwa Wa Africa, WVS has sent volunteers to assist with the sterilisation side of the project!!

Whilst the Mission Rabies volunteers run static point clinics and conduct door to door vaccinations, WVS are at a clinic ready to sterilise dogs and treat any injured animals the Mission Rabies teams come across. Through collaboration with this local charity Mbwa Wa, who are able to help with both sterilisations and vaccinations, this year was an even more successful project!!

We sent three vets and three vet nurses to Meru district to lead the sterilisation and treatment clinic, and in just two weeks, they sterilised 310 animals!! With just six volunteers, this was an incredible feat and shows the power of teamwork on projects like this! We've been working in Arusha and the Meru district for the last two years and following the success of these short pilot projects, WVS will be returning for two more sterilisation projects in 2019, again working with Mbwa Wa Africa, focusing on maintaining a healthy animal population through sterilisation!

Ben is a UK vet who has joined us on this collaborative sterilisation and rabies vaccination project for the last two years. On returning last month, this is what he had to say: "As was the case last year I can’t speak highly enough of the project, Mission Rabies and Mbwa wa; I would recommend this trip to anyone!" You can read Ben's blog from his time with us in 2018 at the bottom of this article!

If you'd like to learn more about our veterinary volunteering opportunities in Tanzania, visit our trips page!

Want to learn more about Mission Rabies? Find out what life is like as a volunteer in Tanzania by reading Pam's story!