CCF One Health Iniative

  • Focal species: African painted dogs (Lycaon pictus), Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus)
  • Secondary species: Eland (Tragelaphus derbianus), Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros), oryx (Oryx gazella), red hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus caama), steenbok (Raphicerus campestris), warthog (Phacochoerus aethiopic
  • Countries: Namibia
  • Name of organisation: Cheetah Conservation Fund
  • Support requested:
    contributions for specific items >1000 euro
  • Does this project benefit local people through employment and/or capacity building: yes
  • Does this project benefit local people in other ways: With the addition of a spay/neuter clinic in the future an additional benefit for local communities is the reduction in the number of domestic dogs in the community; alleviating cost and pressure on the local wildlife populations.

Project Description

The Cheetah Conservation Fund’s (CCF) One Health Initiative will address multivariable needs of the communities that we work with. This new initiative will work to address the interconnected health of the people, their livestock and the free-living wildlife. Our initial focus for this initiative is rabies awareness and rabies prevention activities. According to the World Health Organization there are roughly 60,000 reported deaths from rabies, with the majority of the cases (95%) occurring in Asia and Africa, and 99% of transmission comes from domestic dogs. To face this very real threat the first activity under our One Health Initiative is a rabies awareness and vaccination campaign, focusing on the Hereroland communities in Eastern Namibia. Our awareness campaign began on World Rabies Day (September 28) in 2018, with the production and distribution of education materials. The second phase is the acquisition of a vehicle that will be outfitted and serve as the platform for a mobile vaccination clinic that will eventually provide spay/neuter procedures for companion animals. CCF’s Community Development and Veterinary teams will operate the mobile clinic to provide rabies prevention awareness education and free/low costs vaccinations for dogs and cats within the community, setting up a monthly calendar to provide education and services to maximize the impact for community members. By providing this service to these isolated communities CCF will reduce the risk of rabies transmission, save lives and protect both domestic and wildlife species.  The goal of this project is to empower the communities to prevent rabies transmission and in the long term eradicate rabies in the region.

  • Comments:
    The rabies vaccination clinic is the first prong of a multi-prong approach to One Health in the Hereroland. The clinic will provide a platform to strengthen long term relationships in the communities, providing a jumping off point to increase community programs and conservation efforts
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