American, Pemban Veterinary Personnel Partner to Treat 9k Animals

PEMBA, Zanzibar (July 25, 2011) - Suleiman Omar Ali, a community animal health worker, gives a goat dewormer medication with the assistance of U.S. Army Specialist Shawn England, a 490th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team veterinary technician, during a Veterinary Civil Action Program July 25 in Makoongwe Village, Pemba. Between July 4 and 30, servicemembers from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa partnered with both the Zanzibar Ministry of Livestock and Fishery and Pemban veterinary service personnel to treat more than 9,000 animals in Pemba. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant R.J. Biermann) CJTF-HOA Photo PEMBA, Zanzibar (July 25, 2011) - Suleiman Omar Ali, a community animal health worker, gives a goat dewormer medication with the assistance of U.S. Army Specialist Shawn England, a 490th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team veterinary technician, during a Veterinary Civil Action Program July 25 in Makoongwe Village, Pemba. Between July 4 and 30, servicemembers from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa partnered with both the Zanzibar Ministry of Livestock and Fishery and Pemban veterinary service personnel to treat more than 9,000 animals in Pemba. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant R.J. Biermann)
PEMBA, Zanzibar (July 25, 2011) - (From left) Dr. Omar Kassim, Pemba Department of Veterinary Services director and U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Chris Peterson, Maritime Civil Affairs Team (MCAT) 116 officer-in-charge speak with a villager in Mbuyuni village, Pemba, about his cow's health. Servicemembers from MCAT 116 and the 490th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, visited more than 60 villages and five outlying islands while providing basic veterinary care during a recent Veterinarian Civil Action Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant R.J. Biermann) CJTF-HOA Photo PEMBA, Zanzibar (July 25, 2011) - (From left) Dr. Omar Kassim, Pemba Department of Veterinary Services director and U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Chris Peterson, Maritime Civil Affairs Team (MCAT) 116 officer-in-charge speak with a villager in Mbuyuni village, Pemba, about his cow's health. Servicemembers from MCAT 116 and the 490th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, visited more than 60 villages and five outlying islands while providing basic veterinary care during a recent Veterinarian Civil Action Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant R.J. Biermann)
PEMBA, Zanzibar (July 26, 2011) - Khamis Said Selim, a community animal health worker, injects a cow with a multivitamin during a recent Veterinary Civil Action Program (VETCAP) from July 4 to 30 in Pemba. The VETCAP allowed servicemembers from Maritime Civil Affairs Team 116 and the 490th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, to treat more than 9,000 animals with basic vaccinations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant R.J. Biermann) CJTF-HOA Photo PEMBA, Zanzibar (July 26, 2011) - Khamis Said Selim, a community animal health worker, injects a cow with a multivitamin during a recent Veterinary Civil Action Program (VETCAP) from July 4 to 30 in Pemba. The VETCAP allowed servicemembers from Maritime Civil Affairs Team 116 and the 490th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, to treat more than 9,000 animals with basic vaccinations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant R.J. Biermann)
PEMBA, Zanzibar (July 27, 2011) - U.S. Army Captain Jill Lynn, a 490th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team veterinarian, helps provide basic veterinary treatment during a Veterinary Civil Action Program July 4 to 30 in Pemba. Lynn and seven other servicemembers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa visited Pemba to assist in providing veterinary care to more than 9,000 animals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant R.J. Biermann) CJTF-HOA Photo PEMBA, Zanzibar (July 27, 2011) - U.S. Army Captain Jill Lynn, a 490th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team veterinarian, helps provide basic veterinary treatment during a Veterinary Civil Action Program July 4 to 30 in Pemba. Lynn and seven other servicemembers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa visited Pemba to assist in providing veterinary care to more than 9,000 animals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant R.J. Biermann)
PEMBA, Zanzibar (July 27, 2011) - Khamis Ali Zakwan and Amour Rashidi Issa, community animal health workers, give a goat dewormer medication during a Veterinary Civil Action Program (VETCAP) July 4 to 30 in Pemba. Servicemembers from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa partnered with the Zanzibar Ministry of Livestock and Fishery and veterinary service personnel to treat more than 9,000 animals during the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant R.J. Biermann) CJTF-HOA Photo PEMBA, Zanzibar (July 27, 2011) - Khamis Ali Zakwan and Amour Rashidi Issa, community animal health workers, give a goat dewormer medication during a Veterinary Civil Action Program (VETCAP) July 4 to 30 in Pemba. Servicemembers from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa partnered with the Zanzibar Ministry of Livestock and Fishery and veterinary service personnel to treat more than 9,000 animals during the VETCAP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant R.J. Biermann)

Service members from Maritime Civil Affairs Team (MCAT) 116 and 490th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), partnered with more than 60 Pemban veterinary service personnel to treat roughly 9,000 animals during a Veterinarian Civil Action Program (VETCAP) in Pemba, Zanzibar, July 4 to 30.

In partnership with the Zanzibar Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries (MLF), local district veterinary officers (DVO), veterinarian assistants (VA) and community animal health workers (CAHW) provided training and field experience so veterinary personnel could better administer veterinary services within their communities. "We have a very small number of veterinary assistants in Pemba to assist the staff we have," said Dr. Omar Kassim, Pemba Department of Veterinary Services director. "The CAHWs are directly working with their communities. Their support has helped the veterinary assistants. We really appreciate the assistance of the U.S. Embassy of Tanzania for this training." During the first half of July, the teams helped the MLF teach a two-day classroom course to the CAHWs in the northern region of Pemba. The course was then repeated for the CAHWs in the southern region.

"The classroom teaching was intended to provide a refresher to the 56-day training the CAHWs had received last year from the Zanzibar government," said U.S. Army Captain Jill Lynn, a 490th veterinarian and mission commander. "It allowed us to hone our skills and strengthen our partnerships through education." The classroom portion included sections on common disease identification and how to administer medications. Ten days of field work followed each course. During field training animals in more than 60 villages and five outlying islands were given free basic vaccinations. "The animals were given tick control treatment, a dewormer and a multivitamin," said Lynn. "In some cases animals had small wounds sutured or abscesses removed."

During field training, the CAHWs were able to treat goats, cows, cats, dogs, chickens, donkeys and monkeys. For many CAHWs the field training was their first experience in animal treatment, according to Lynn. "Up to this point the CAHWs had very little hands-on, practical experience," said Lynn. "This is really the first time they've gone into an environment where they have a daily opportunity to treat hundreds of animals. I've seen a tremendous amount of skill development throughout the 10 days with each group." To conclude the VETCAP, a graduation ceremony was held to congratulate the CAHWs and their achievements during the month. "These exercises have given us a chance to learn more and share the knowledge of the diseases here that we don't normally see in the United States," said Lynn. "We also have some different treatments and treatment methods they may not be familiar with. Partnering together provides the opportunity for both sides to learn and share knowledge and involving new treatments and practices." At the conclusion of the VETCAP approximately 6,000 cows, 2,600 goats, 150 chickens, 10 donkeys, 70 dogs, 50 cats, seven ducks, and three monkeys were treated.

Tags

Partnership

We suggest

CJTF-HOA Reinforces Commitment to Djibouti’s Rapid Intervention Battalion

CJTF-HOA’s continued commitment to training and equipping the RIB enables Djibouti’s effectiveness in developing security and stability within its’ borders and East Africa.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Visits Djibouti

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited with CJTF-HOA personnel on his stop in Djibouti, as part of his tour through Africa. Secretary Tillerson traveled to Djibouti to discuss the U.S.-Djiboutian partnership, and exchanged views on bilateral concerns, security threats, and economic reforms. You can see a few photos from his visit here:

Kentucky National Guard visits Djibouti for State Partnership Program

As part of the State Partnership Program (SPP), U.S. Army National Guard leaders Brig. Gen. Benjamin Adams III, Kentucky deputy adjutant general, and Command Sgt. Maj. David Munden, Kentucky state command sergeant major, visited with members of the Djibouti Armed Forces (FAD) at their military training center in Holhol, Djibouti, Nov. 14, 2017.

CJTF-HOA engineers verify quality and care with Africa First Initiative in Djibouti

Engineers of CJTF-HOA are working with laborers from the Africa First Initiative in Djibouti to renovate the region, solidifying the ongoing partnership between the U.S. and Republic of Djibouti.

African standby force, U.S. forge new partnership

Delegates from the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) visited Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, recently to learn best practices from directorates within Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and build relationships between the two organizations. The EASF and CJTF-HOA plan to work together to coordinate timely disaster relief, security and peacetime operations.