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Help Us Wipe Out Rabies in Laikipia

Laikipia Rabies Vaccination campaign

In 2017 over 9000 dogs were vaccinated during the Laikipia Rabies Vaccination Campaign. This year, the campaign  will held over 8 weekends in months of October and November and targets 15,000 animals.

 

In 2015, the first Laikipia Rabies Vaccination Campaign (LRVC) vaccinated a total of 821 domestic dogs and cats.  That number and coverage has since increased with last year’s efforts reaching over 9,000 dogs and cats in the county.

The 2018 LRVC plans to widen its scope reaching out to more communities by returning to areas where vaccination has previously taken place and expanding coverage into new communities to get the numbers to 15,000. Is it possible? Absolutely!

We, as Laikipians, can work together to eradicate this deadly virus. With dedicated partnerships with the local residents, County Government and LRVC partners, we can contribute to making Laikipia, Kenya’s first rabies free county.

The LRVC, in partnership with the Laikipia County Government, will run for 8 weekends in the months of October and November. The campaign’s focus is in rural communities, which have the greatest risk of rabies exposure as well as the least access to rabies vaccination and treatment. However, this year the campaign will also include semi-urban centres with relatively large dog populations, such as Nanyuki.

In Kenya, the majority of annual rabies-related deaths occur where vaccination programs are limited or non-existent, generally where low income communities reside. In Laikipia specifically, we know that there are significant numbers of undocumented rabies cases in domestic animals, wildlife and humans annually.

If we take informed steps, we can eradicate rabies from domestic dog populations in  Laikipia  County in an effort towards accomplishing Kenya’s 2030 vision of being an entirely rabies free nation. We will however not be able to reach this goal without your help.

How You Can Help

Your support is crucial to our efforts. The number of students, vets and community members who are always willing to volunteer is always encouraging but we do need more financial support.

The 2018 LRVC, is predicted to cost approximately Ksh 3.5M (USD $35, 000). With this money the campaign will be able to cover the costs of:

  • Essential medical supplies,
  • Transportation,
  • Education programmes

Contributions can be directed to;

Mpala Research Trust

AIC 0102895062002

Standard Chartered Bank, Nanyuki

OR

MPESA Paybill Number: 310066

Account Number: LRVC 2018

Online donations at; https://give.classy.org/LRVC

For more information, please contact James Ngatia

Rabies is an almost invariably fatal disease for both humans and animals. It has been shown that mass vaccination of domestic dog is the most effective way to end the Rabies virus cycle in-step towards eradication. Vaccination of domestic animals therefore is a critical step that we should all participate in for the protection of domestic animals, our already fragile wildlife population and most importantly, public health.

 

Together, we can eradicate rabies in Laikipia!

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Water Crisis: MKEWP Meets to deliberate on Government’s Directive On Water Intake Permits

Mount kenya Ewaso Water Partnership

Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership executive committee address the media after deliberations on way forward. From L: MKEWP Coordinator Mr Stanley Kirimi, Ngusishi WRUA Chair Mr Muthuri Muriithi and Committee member Christine Shikuku.

The Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership Executive Committee called for an urgent meeting to address the water crisis in the upper basin

The crisis, a result of a GOK directive to revoke all water intake permits, is the subject of great debate in the basin.  Following the directive, all abstractions from Mt. Kenya Rivers have been suspended with the exception of Nanyuki Water and Sewerage Company (NAWASCO) and water service providers linked to municipalities.

In the meeting, the executive committee acknowledged the implications of the directive and the severity of the situation to water users, especially those living in rural communities.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, the MKEWP Coordinator, Mr. Stanley Kirimi, said that the Partnership supported the Government’s directive. “It is long overdue, there should be sanity and order in how we manage our natural resources. Mt. Kenya is a critical catchment for millions of people, their livestock and livelihoods.”

The Partnership includes over 30,000 households that have raised the alarm on how the directive has been executed.  “We support the directive, but our members and water users with valid permits are being harassed,” reads part of the statement.

Officers executing the directive have been urged to request for permits from water users before taking any action. “It is important they ask for these documents, to separate those with legal permits from those without valid documents,” said Mr, Kirimi, adding, “The cost of building these intakes is very high, and destroying those with valid permits is a retrogressive move.”

Water users have been encouraged to operate within the law.  “We would like to tell our members to ensure that they have valid permits to present when requested by officers of the Government.”

“We all want swift, sustainable solutions to this crisis, because water is an essential resource for all,” the coordinator told the media. Indeed, schools, clinics and thousands of homes supported by community water projects have been affected by the recent directive.

As part of its action plan on the Mt. Kenya water crisis, MKEWP is helping with advocacy that will be addressed to the Government’s Inter-Ministerial Committee formed to look at the water allocation in the region.

The efforts will highlight crucial issues that the Committee should consider when addressing sustainable solutions.

Mount kenya Ewaso Water Partnership

Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership executive committee addresses the media after deliberations on way Forward. From L: MKEWP Coordinator Mr Stanley Kirimi, Ngusishi WRUA Chair Mr Muthuri Muriithi and Committee member Chsistine Shikuku