KENDAT through the Heshimu Punda Programme is focused on building sustainability in the provision of veterinary services for working donkeys and other livestock in Kenya. This will be achieved through building the capacity of veterinary service providers, creating viable and sustainable networks with County and National Governments and other stakeholders. These processes are ongoing in the following eight counties; Kirinyaga, Embu, Tharaka Nithi, Meru, Laikipia, Nyandarua, Kiambu and Nairobi.
To achieve the goal above, KENDAT has undertaken the following initiatives:
- Training and mentoring Local Animal Health Service Providers. Since 2001, the project has trained and mentored over 2000 Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Paraprofessionals on animal welfare, donkey health and husbandry practices. In the same period, over 50 community farriers across the project region have also been trained and are regularly mentored as they provide quality hoof care (farriery) services to the donkeys.
- Linkage of the trained Local Animal Health Service Providers to the donkey owners within their areas of operation to improve access to quality veterinary service for the donkeys. This is achieved through donkey clinics, field days and needy-donkey case referrals. Over 250 service providers have been linked to donkey owning communities.
- Emergency case response. KENDAT has a team of veterinarians that responds to emergency cases of injured donkeys across the project area. These cases are later referred to the trained veterinary professionals for follow up.
- The KENDAT veterinary team participates in local and international scientific conferences and seminars to disseminate information on donkey health and welfare issues to help improve veterinary policies and practices.