Alleviating Poverty Efforts
In recent years, Jordan made impressive improvements in its human development and towards reaching the majority of its Millennium Development Goals. However, the poverty gap between urban and rural areas, and many Governorates, remains an issue, particularly as household income in rural areas has remained relatively stagnant.
Among these segments of society that live below the poverty line are the target groups and beneficiaries of HCAW. They are small holdings or individual families of an average size of 8 members living in disadvantaged rural areas who use animals for their sustenance, whether for food production or for working income. Consequently, an ailing equine or ruminant has an immediate consequence on performance and production, resulting in a diminishing return to the owner in terms both of income and of livelihood. The death of an animal means a total loss of a fundamental resource to their livelihood.
For those animal owners who cannot afford the treatment of their productive and working animals, HCAW offers its veterinary services FREE of charge. Additionally, whenever resources are available, HCAW deploys its mobile veterinary clinic to rural areas, esp. to the so-called Poverty Pockets, to provide its services in situ for those owners who lack the opportunity to bring their sick animals to our hospital.
In 2013 alone, we treated over 5,200 cases at our clinic and hospital. Among the patients were small animals, ruminants and equines receiving a wide range of treatments extending from vaccinations, clinical checks, dressing serious wounds to major surgical procedures.
Due to the ever increasing costs of living, especially in regard to fuel, fodder and veterinary medicines, HCAW is constantly seeking support for the continuation of its stationary and mobile veterinary outreach programmes. If you as an individual or an organization/ company are interested in contributing to our efforts, please get in touch with us!
Click here to read about HCAW’s last Mobile Veterinary Outreach campaign in 2012/2013.