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The tsetse flytrap

Another solution: paravets

Paul Mande lives in Kathekani, very close to the Tsavo National Park. His herd of over 50 cattle was wiped out by tsetse fly.

Paul treating an ox When Intermediate Technology Development Group (East Africa) started paravet training in 1994, Paul was one of the first farmers in the area to take up the opportunity. Paravets learn how to deal with a range of problems common to animals in the area. Paul now trains other farmers to become paravets - by 2002, over 60 farmers had been trained.

In the rainy season, when the tsetse fly arrives, Paul can get as many as five calls a day from farmers who need help. He spends all day travelling around the area by bicycle, only stopping at sunset when it becomes too dark to work. As well as dealing with tsetse fly problems, Paul treats animals that have worms, pneumonia, tick-borne diseases, skin problems, bad eyes and wounds. The only medical instrument he has is a thermometer - he knows that if an animal's temperature is above 38 to 46C then it is ill. If he doesn't understand what is wrong with an animal, he is honest enough to admit it.

As a result of the paravets, the price that farmers have to pay to treat their animals has fallen dramatically.



 

 

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