Flood-stricken donkeys in Malawi helped by The Donkey Sanctuary

School children collect grass for their donkeys
School children collect grass for their donkeys

The Donkey Sanctuary has given emergency aid and coordinated future plans to help donkeys and communities in Malawi affected by the worst flooding in 50 years.

The team, comprising of The Donkey Sanctuary’s partners in the region, helped 1,700 donkeys hit by floods in January.

Since then the charity’s experts have drawn up plans to reduce the impact of future floods.

The team treated hundreds of donkeys for foot rot, skin lesions, malnutrition and dehydration and helped move animals to higher ground and provide shelter and safety.

The floods highlighted the ongoing welfare needs of donkeys in Malawi.

As a result The Donkey Sanctuary’s team in the region, which will include an expert vet from Ethiopia, will now continue to work in Malawi to help reduce the future flood risk to donkeys.

Permanent shelters will be built on higher land and a Malawian donkey data census has been requested to assess and improve donkey welfare.

Consultations with local governments will consider the role of donkeys in future disaster relief and re-building work to help flood-hit communities.

The Donkey Sanctuary’s closest partner in the region (Zambia) is Mwamfumba Multi-Purpose Cooperative Animal Welfare Society (MMCAWS).

Disaster relief is just one aspect of The Donkey Sanctuary’s work in Africa. The charity focuses on sustainable improvement to donkey welfare with major projects in Egypt, Ethiopia and Kenya.

To help animals affected by the Malawian floods The Donkey Sanctuary worked together with World Animal Protection, International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Malawi Veterinary Association, Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals and Blantyre Society for the Protection and Care of Animals.