The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust

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GambiaThe Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust is a small charity which is registered in both the UK and The Gambia. Heather says “Keeping horses and donkeys healthy in The Gambia is a real challenge, insect borne diseases such as Sleeping Sickness (trypanosomiasis), African Horse Sickness, and tick fever are all too common and when these problems are combined with poor nutrition and management caused by lack of knowledge and poverty, the results can be disastrous for the animals. A healthy working animal can increase its owners income by up to 500% and buying an animal is a big investment for a family, so apart from the suffering that the animal experiences, the family also suffers if the animal is sick or dies. The Gambia is one of the poorest countries in Africa and is unable to provide all the veterinary support that the farmers require, so when the animals become ill, sometimes the owners are simply unable to find help for it. We also felt it was important to tackle nutrition and management and as many of the problems we see with the horses and donkeys are born out of poverty we also felt it important to provide active help with community development in order to help the local economy. The assistance from Equidiet (UK) Ltd in providing EquidGel™ for the worst cases will make a substantial difference and will enable good quality nutrition and most of all hydration to be administered

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