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Reference : V-P-SS-E-01263
Date : 20/03/2018
Country/Region : SOUTH SUDAN
Caption : Udier area. The ICRC vaccinates and treats livestock based on three main pillars. The first one concerns income generation as cattle can be seen as a stable financial asset and “mobile bank account”. Most people keep cattle and sell animals to pay for things they need, like school fees or food. The second pillar is about social life, as throughout South Sudan getting married implies paying dowry ranging from ten to 100 head of cattle. The third pillar is food production as many children are fed on goat milk.
Photographer : MORTVEDT, Mari Aftret
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : After an assessment conducted in January, the ICRC identified the need to vaccinate 60,000 heads of livestock in the surrounding areas of Udier in Upper Nile (50,000 cattle and 10,000 sheep and goats). This will benefit approximately 30,000 people. For this vaccination campaign, the ICRC trained 23 “Community Animal Health Workers” (CAHWs) who normally stay close to the cattle camps and conduct the vaccinations. They are also given drugs to treat animals in the community and the cattle owners pay a small fee for this. This allows the CAHWs to get income and they also disseminate information to the communities on why it is important to vaccinate and treat their animals. The ICRC works in agreement with the local authorities and three people from the local authorities are also involved in the vaccination campaign, in addition to ICRC veterinarians. South Sudan has one of the largest cattle populations in the world. Decades of armed conflict continue to undermine the South Sudan’s veterinary services increasing the risk of epidemics that affect the health of cattle. More than 75 percent of the population are depending on livestock for their livelihood in South Sudan.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5760x3840
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour