In Tanzania, an estimated 1,500 people die from rabies every year. However, the true burden of the disease is not properly understood because rabies disproportionately impacts upon the most disadvantaged communities. Most victims cannot afford access to healthcare facilities and therefore die at home, resulting in rabies being widely underreported.
Over the past 6 years we've worked in collaboration with our partner charity Mbwa Wa Africa to deliver and expand our annual mass vaccination drives across Meru District in North-East Tanzania. In 2015, the 2 wards of Maji ya Chai and Usa River were covered during a 2-week pilot vaccination campaign. We have returned annually, each year evaluating our methods and expanding our vaccination efforts. We returned in January 2022, when we were able to increase our reach to 13 out of 17 wards within the district. Whilst following WHO guidelines to keep everyone safe, our teams worked tirelessly to vaccinate 7,795 dogs and provide rabies prevention sessions to over 25,000 children.
Founded by Sandra Kliegelhoefer with the support her husband, Jens Fissenebert in 2013, Mbwa wa Africa is a non-profit organisation based in Usa River, Tanzania. They are a registered charity in Scotland with the registration No. SC 045521.
After realizing the growing demand to care for dogs in their community, Sandra and Jens established Mbwa Wa Africa, a no-kill animal rescue shelter that focused on caring for animals and finding them adoptive homes. Further demand by residents of the region led them to also establish a boarding kennel to care for animals while their owners were away.
In 2015 the project was extended by rabies vaccination campaigns, spay / neuter clinics and the first animal welfare class was held at a local primary school.
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