Haiti

Evening on the roof in Haiti

Here is a roof top view looking out toward the mountains outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  Darkness has come and it is 75 degrees while the Taconics, Berkshires, and litchfield hills are in the teens and snowing.

  Front yard greetes

Front yard greetes

And here are some of the goats that help supply the kid for a kid project started by Dr. Kelly Crowdis, a Christian Veterinary Mission missionary here in Haiti.  Tomorrow we will head out to do some training with a group of Haitian vet agents.  The vet agents provide basic veterinary care to animals here in Haiti. We will learn more about these folks to share with you in the coming days.  So far I have learned rabies is a large problem here with many dogs being infected and human cases still very much a reality.   Veterinary care is limited with less than 100 veterinarians for a country of over 10 million people.  Vet agents help to fill the gap.  Pharmacueticals that are available are often in limited supply.  

We are learning that colic and tetanus are the large problems of horses here.  And about every 5-7 years as a new naive population grows there is a major outbreak of equine respiratory disease.  Cattle apparently experience anthrax, and Hog cholera (classical swine fever) and techens' disease are problems in the pig population.  There was a previous depopulation to eliminate African swine fever and hog cholera, buit the cholera was reintroduced with imported semen.  Vaccination efforts to eradicate it have run into problems because of lack of money, lack of vaccine, political turmoil, and the appearance of Teschen's disease which is currently only active hear and in Madagascar.  This disease ended up spreading because of vaccination efforts for Hog cholera, so efforts have slowed.  More to come...