Veterinary services in the Horn of Africa: where are we now?: a review of animal health policies and institutions focussing in pastoral areas

Veterinary services in the Horn of Africa: where are we now?: a review of animal health policies and institutions focussing in pastoral areas

Report on public and private sector veterinary provision in the Horn of Africa

This report is based on a study of public and private sector veterinary provision, including Community-based Animal Health (CAH), in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA). Study findings were to inform possibilities for policy and legislative tasks to be supported by CAPE.

The authors report that, historically, livestock and consequently, pastoralists, have been regrarded as secondary to crop production and as having a lower status. However, all governments in the region are looking to increase livestock exports and are under pressure to reduce poverty. The authors explore public and private sector provision and find that two different models exist with provision being provided mainly either by government or by the UN and NGOs.

The authors state that PRSP mechanisms present governments with an opportunity to work with CAPE on the contribution of pastoralism to poverty reduction and PRSPs. The document identifies the areas in which CAPE can assist both governments in their provision of veterinary care and with the privatisation of such care. Individual country reports are given for Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan.

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