When Hurricane Sandy thrashed Haiti last month, 54 people were killed and thousands of Haitians were left homeless, adding more misery to a country still struggling to recover from the devastating earthquake that killed 200,000 people in 2010.
Then, just two weeks after Sandy, severe flooding swept across the North East, North West, and Ouest Nippes regions, punishing the impoverished nation once again.
On Wednesday 21st November, a WSPA response team deployed to two rural communities outside of Cap Haitian, Haiti’s second largest city.
These areas are home to cattle, pigs, poultry and donkeys, as well as companion animals like cats and dogs. Animals in disaster-affected areas like this are often vulnerable to parasitic diseases and bacterial infections, and tend to suffer from lack of nutrition.
A heavy work load awaited the response team at the first community, where more than 250 animals received vitamins, rabies vaccinations, anthrax vaccinations, deworming, and had wounds
and infections treated to.
The WSPA team were able to provide medication to local veterinary health groups (GBS) in order to successfully reach and assist animals in 10 other communities nearby, where over the next few days, they have committed to helping over 10,000 animals.
WSPA’s disaster management veterinaryofficer, Sergio Vasquez, talks about the works the response team carries out in Haiti.
Click here to see a selection of images from the assessment.
Or take a look at this 360 shot of the Baudin community the response team visited.