For more than 25 years , DCA-VET has implemented a large number of projects to improve livestock health and productivity. Most of these projects offer an integrated package of paravet (refresher) training, establishment and support of veterinary field units, and extension services. Recently, also the development of livestock value chains has become an essential component of the DCA-VET projects.
DCA-VET usually implements some 6 to 8 projects at the same time, which are funded by various international donors.
All these projects should finally result in a sustainable system of animal health care. To this end, the projects focus on four main aims:
- Filling the gaps in the nation-wide VFU network
- Improving the income of farmers through veterinary and extension services, and value chain development
- Making the VFUs sustainable ( by increasing their income, advocating for official recognition, and access to quality vaccines and medicines))
- Achieving a sound public-private cooperation in animal health care
DCA-VET geographic coverage
DCA-VET covers almost all provinces of Afghanistan from 2014. DCA-VET is now supporting the livestock owners in 29 out of 34 provinces. Not covered are Nimruz, the desert-like, sparsely populated province in the Southwest, and Nuristan, Lagman, and Konar in the East. In these three provinces, Madera and Relief International are supporting veterinary services and coordinate their work with DCA-VET. In all other provinces, DCA-VET is the main organisation working on the development of animal health care.