Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Dog Bite Prevention Challenge Report from Liberia

By Morris Darbo




DURATION: March 3, to May 23, 2014

SPONSOR: Doggone Safe Canada

DATE OF SUBMISSION:  May 26, 2014

NUMBER OF BENEFICIARIES: 13,949

Doggone Safe Canada is a strong partner to the Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society. Through materials and monetary support from Doggone Safe Canada, the Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society has a sustainable dog bite prevention program established in 10 schools and an outreach program in additional 11 schools.

Dog bite prevention education is cardinal in rebuilding a country- Liberia where nearly 85% of the population lives below USD 1 dollar per day and the means of accessing anti- human rabies vaccine is nearly impossible. Dogs are part of the family circle but suffered as the result of rabies and the dog meat trade. When there is an outbreak of rabies, killing had been the only easier and common method used by community people. This method failed to eliminate or reduce the spread of the deadly and neglected disease. In partnership with Doggone Safe Canada, the Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society introduced the dog bite prevention program in various communities and schools in Lofa County, Liberia targeting mainly children- the main victims of dog bite. The program is making an impressive improvement in the fight against the spread of rabies and the killing of dogs as the mean of curtailing the spread of rabies. Today, as the result of LAWCS intervention, dog bite incident is drastically reduced in the communities where LAWCS is working and people continue to live happily with their dogs.

LAWCS presently has 5 teachers volunteering as dog bite prevention presenters in their various schools and communities.

These volunteers were trained and empowered with dog bite prevention materials to conduct activities with their school children.

13,949 students were trained during the awareness program.

Below are the schools and number of students educated during the program:


NO.
NAME OF SCHOOL
LOCATION
# OF STUDENTS EDUCATED
1
Voinjama Central Academy
Voinjama
390
2
New Life Community Sch.
Voinjama
525
3
Kormah Sharparhood Day Care
Voinjama
621
4
Kids Connection Day Care
Voinjama
553
5
Japan Cooperative Day Care
Voinjama
434
6
Voinjama Public Sch.
Voinjama
988
7
William A. Brown
Voinjama
641
8
Ansuwaru Arabic & English Sch
Voinjama
378
9
Kintorma Community School
Voinjama
612
10
Selega Public School
Selega Town
315
11
Tenebu Public School
Tenebu Town
254
12
Lawalazu Public School
Lawalazu Town
632
13
Koryanmai Public School
Koryanmai Town
275
14
Kabata Public School
Kabata
419
15
Malamai Public School
Malamai
368
16
Free Pentecostal Mission Sch.
Voinjama
3415
17
Kolahun Central High School
Kolba City
1,215
18
School of Faith
Kolba City
937
19
Kolahun Evangelical School
Kolba City
335
20
Lankama Public School
Kolba City
363
21
Musa Kanneh Public School
Kolba City
279



13,949

We are grateful to Doggone Safe Canada for the monetary support given us that enable us to reach to these schools and educate the children on the prevention of dog bite.

We also want to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to our volunteers who offered their time and services in reaching out to the children. These volunteers are:  Abraham Fofana, Korpo Mason, Emmanuel Vorgbor, Ruth Kollie and T. Akoi Yorlorba.
















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