Our Rural Animal Health Mobile project provides free veterinary treatment and advice to Rajasthan's rural poor, who depend on animals (goats, cows and buffalo) for their livelihoods. By visiting 24 villages with our mobile clinic and trained staff, TOLFA offers the only veterinary services reaching out to these remote villages. A healthy animal can keep a family from falling into poverty.
India is the second most populous country in the world and is also home to over a third of the world's poor. Though India is witnessing a rapid urbanisation, a very large proportion of people still live in rural areas. In rural Rajasthan conditions are basic and the climate is harsh. Many villagers rely on their animals to sustain their families and provide their livelihoods. Before TOLFA started the RAH Mobile Clinics these people had extremely limited access to veterinary expertise.
The RAH Mobile Clinic provides veterinary services to the animals of people living in poor, remote and disadvantaged communities. By providing free treatment, preventative care and advice, we are able to help families protect their income, and keep their animals (and themselves) healthy. Our Mobile Clinic visits 24 villages every 2 weeks and is equipped with medicines, consumables and run by our trained staff including a vet.
This project not only treats the animal but supports the villagers. TOLFA staff educate owners about animal husbandry and preventative measures that can change the culture of animal care within the community. Welfare is our ultimate aim, not an increase in production from the animals. In 2017 our Rural Animal Health Mobile Clinics helped 16,067 animals. While in the villages treating the owned goats, cows and buffalo we also vaccinate dogs against rabies, further protecting the community.