HART continues their committed work in Nepal and there is no better example than the MARV campaign. MARV refers to the Mass Anti-Rabies Vaccination campaign that is an integral part of their operations and so far this year a committed campaign has taken place in the Pokhara region.
This year, the team has already conducted a MARV campaign in the Pokhara region. In the first month they vaccinated 702 dogs and covered wards 1 to 13 of the Pokhara Metropolitan.
Rabies is endemic in Nepal. This means that there are always some cases of rabies present in some animals in Nepal. HART works tirelessly to combat the spread of this disease and their MARV camps are a crucial part of their work. HART's target is to vaccinate over 70% of the dog population as this is the level at which currently accepted statistics determine that the rabies risk to humans becomes minimal. Each vaccination is recorded in HART's purpose-written mobile phone app. The ward is revisited until the statistics indicate that a minimum of 70% of dogs are vaccinated.
Education is a key to change and during the MARV campaigns staff also disseminate information on how to avoid rabies.
During these mass vaccination campaigns, the HART team also addresses the issues of unspayed female dogs. During the campaign, any female dog that is found and is not spayed, is then brought to the clinic for neutering. They are neutered, microchipped and identified with a small notch on the left ear. We know that controlling the dog population goes a long way to controlling the spread of disease, including rabies and so this process is essential in combating the spread of disease..
As well as these vaccination campaigns HART provides support for ill and injured dogs. The start of this year brought three particular success stories where three dogs were helped by Hart and then were adopted into supportive homes. One dog was abandoned and suffering mange, one was found very ill and the other a victim of a car accident. The HART team supported these dogs to recover and now each of these dogs has been adopted. Adoption of dogs is not common in Nepal so it is great to hear the success stories of these three dogs.
HART continues their committed work in improving the lives of animals in Nepal, their results are impressive and their documentation through sites such as dog data are a testament to their professionalism.
We continue our work in supporting HART, we are working together to plan some developments for their work space and funds are crucial to keep these mass campaigns going and also to support those dogs with other issues and injuries. As a guide, to how far your donation will go
- 10 will deworm more than 40 dogs
- 25 will provide anti-rabies vaccine for 60 dogs
- 50 will provide suture materials for 20 dog spaying operations
- 100 will provide anaesthetic for 130 operations
Thank you to all our donations, fundraisers and supporters!