April 1, 2013
Field Clinics Make Unprecedented Impact on Animal Welfare in Haiti
by Amelia Muccio
Without HSI’s efforts in Haiti, most animals would have no access to veterinary care. With the employment rate hovering at nearly 60 percent, such care is neither a priority nor in many cases practical for most of the population. Our campaign focuses on animal welfare and health with the idea that people's health and livelihoods are affected by their animals' well-being.
Team and activities
HSI’s veterinary team includes Dr. Rony, Dr. Wousvel, Dr. Juliette and Dr. Feguy, along with one community organizer, Patrick Romulus. They work with local leaders to plan and execute field clinics that offer vaccinations, deworming, and veterinary care to companion animals, working equines and farm animals. They also try to raise awareness through education.
Achievements and plans
In 2011, appropriately 1,000 animals were treated at field clinics. In 2012, the number rose to more than 5,600 animals. In only six weeks in 2013, HSI Haiti has treated 7,832 animals at 11 field clinics in the Port-au-Prince area. Moving forward, HSI will treat 4,000 animals per month, for an expected total of approximately 50,000 animals in 2013. In addition, in April, we will launch our equine medical program by hosting a five-day equine field clinic and offering training throughout Port-au-Prince.
As the only large international animal welfare organization remaining in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake, HSI is uniquely positioned to make sustainable, measurable long-term progress that recognizes the interdependency of humans and animals and makes their relationships safer, healthier and happier.
Amelia Muccio is Director, Haiti Project & Disaster Operations for HSI.