Raising livestock is a principal source of income and livelihood for many Somalis. Livestock is Somalia’s main export, and contributes heavily to the country’s gross domestic product. Hides and skins are Somalia’s second largest export. This source of national income was threatened by zoonotic diseases -- diseases transmitted from animals to humans -- and the export bans other countries applied to Somali products.
Relief International worked with livestock herders, health practitioners, veterinary officers and government ministries to address the economic impact and the public health burden of zoonotic diseases. The program:
- Addressed the neglected animal husbandry sector
- Improved veterinary services and health and hygiene practices
- Improved active disease surveillance
- Built awareness in the public domain about the issues and dangers of zoonotic diseases
- Trained herders, traders, butchers and inspectors to treat zoonoses