We want to highlight our partner organisation Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWS), Cambodia, who continue to pursue their vital animal welfare work despite the extraordinary challenges of 2020.
PPAWS provides veterinary care including vaccinations, parasite control and surgical sterilisation procedures to hundreds of stray animals in villages and pagodas around Cambodia every year.
Last year, the PPAWS team successfully conducted 8 outreach missions across the region and hosted weekly ‘free-treatment’ days at their clinics to help street animals and pets in need during the pandemic. One hundred and eighty-six animals were sterilised and 2371 animals treated, despite many missions being cancelled or severely impacted by COVID-restrictions.
In 2019, VBB’s VetMatch volunteers were deployed to Cambodia on a regular basis, and spent 550 days assisting in the PPAWS’ clinics and on their outreach missions. In November 2018 in collaboration with PPAWS, a team of VetTrain volunteers visited Cambodia for two weeks, training local veterinarians in clinical techniques in small animal anaesthesia, surgery, internal medicine and diagnostic imaging. PPAWS now utilise this model and host trainings for veterinary officers of the Cambodian Department of Agriculture.
PPAWS has partnered with Cambodian authorities in their commitment to eliminate canine-mediated #rabies in the region by 2030 as part of the global #zeroby30 #eliminaterabies target outlined by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO), and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
We’re looking forward to more ongoing volunteer deployments to assist PPAWS in reaching this goal.