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Malawi

WVS is working in partnership with the BSPCA, providing veterinary care to the animals of Blantyre city in Malawi.

 



Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and many communities have access to little or no veterinary care. Malawi, like many other African countries, doesn’t face the same problem of an overpopulation of dogs living on the streets, compared to countries like India. Stray dogs are not able to survive on the streets as there is hardly any waste available for them to eat. Even though most dogs in Malawi are owned they are allowed to roam freely, which means a large number of unwanted puppies are born every year. A large percentage of these won’t survive the first few weeks, as they die of diseases or starve.

Disease and injury is commonplace here for many dogs and the vets in Blantyre see dogs with broken legs, large tumours, severe cases of mange, injured eyes, burn wounds and other problems which would have otherwise never been treated! A large number of dogs have TVTs (transmissible venereal tumours) which are passed from one dog to another when mating. TVTs can be debilitating, painful and above all can be fatal.

However, at the WVS/BSPCA clinic in Blantyre these dogs receive help! After sterilising them (to stop the spread of the tumour) they are treated weekly with Vincristine, which can reduce and quite often eliminate these tumours completely and therefore provide the dogs with good quality of life.

By sterilising dogs and cats either at the clinic or at veterinary outreach campaigns, the number of unwanted puppies (and kittens!) can be reduced. The main goal is to create a healthy and stable dog population which also helps in the fight against rabies. 

WVS is working closely with its sister charity Mission Rabies who run mass vaccinations drives and have vaccinated more than 70% of the dog population against rabies in Blantyre City for four consecutive years, a proven way to eliminate rabies. By producing a stable dog population WVS can make sure this percentage is sustained for longer. Sterilised dogs are healthier, as they are not having to produce and raise litters twice a year and tend to fight less (especially male dogs).

The local communities know of the benefits of having their dogs sterilised and the spay and neuter clinics are very popular and the people are grateful for these efforts which benefit the whole community. This way, WVS and Mission Rabies work as synergistic partners in the fight against rabies and are significantly improving the welfare of both the animals and the people in Malawi via mass vaccination and sterilisation/veterinary treatment campaigns. 

How you can help

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If you wish to support our work in person, we run volunteer trips worldwide suitable for those with veterinary training as well as non-vets.

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