- Somali Land
Mohamed Saleman, 50, is a Community Animal Health Worker in the Dhagaxdheer village, in Southern Somaliland, near the border to Ethopia.
You can tell how proud he is of his role in his community by how enthusiastically he speaks of his work. “The most common disease in Dhagaxdheer is tick disease which commonly occurs during drought season. It spreads easily to healthier animals, but we learned methods to treat and control the disease, which have shown positive results.”
All Community Animal Health Workers in the area communicate together and support each other for animal treatments and disease outbreaks. The Ministry of Livestock made Mohamed a coordinator for the region. “A veterinary animal post is being built and we’ll have more animal health workers!”
In regions where most depend on their livestock, Community Animal Health Workers are crucial. They also play a key role in preventing outbreaks from the start, limiting their impact on people’s livelihoods.
“In November 2013, my colleague Ahmed identified the outbreak of a skin disease around the village. He reported it and soon, a mobile team was sent to the area in order to treat affected animals, vaccinate healthier animals and stop the spreading of the disease.”
Photo: Amal Nagib / Oxfam
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