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Emergency assistance to strengthen veterinary services and animal health in Syria

Emergency assistance to strengthen veterinary services and animal health in Syria

Full title of the project:

Emergency assistance to strengthen veterinary services and mitigate the deterioration of the animal health situation in Syria

Target areas:

Dara’a, Quneitra, Rural Damascus and Sweida governorates.

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 500 000
01/11/2013-30/04/2015
Project code:
OSRO/SYR/309/USA
Objective:

To assist local communities in targeted project areas to protect their livestock assets by limiting the impacts and spread of diseases related to endoparasites and ectoparasites that threaten the livestock sector.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform and the Syrian Veterinary Association.

Beneficiaries reached:

13 027 households (approximately 78 170 people).

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed 13 000 litres of ectoparasiticide to 13 027 households – enough to treat roughly 627 300 animals.
  • Used distributed chemicals (in addition to treating livestock) to spray animal shelters and decrease the risk of transmitting scabies, leishmaniasis and insect-borne diseases.
  • Conducted short training sessions on the surveillance and detection of infectious diseases, as well as the safe handling and application of veterinary chemicals to treat animals and use in domestic settings.
  • Distributed 4 000 extension brochures to sensitize beneficiaries to the project and explain the importance of preventing ectoparasites in sheep, goats and cattle.
Impact:
  • Contributed to reducing animal production losses and supported the livelihoods of vulnerable herders.
  • Reduced the prevalence of internal parasites in livestock, thereby improving animal health.
  • Enabled beneficiaries to generate income through increased production of milk, meat and wool. A treated flock is estimated to provide each beneficiary household with SYP 207 500 (USD 664) in additional income or savings as a result of improved fertility rates, milk production and feed conversion ratios.
  • Enhanced disease prevention and control capacities among communities.