Irene Wairiumu

Project Manager Tanzania

Irene Wairimu always wanted to work with animals. Her grandfather himself had numerous pets he loved dearly and cared for and believed that people who take good care of animals, also work well with their fellow humans – she remembers him saying that by caring for another being, you learn to have empathy. Since 2016, Wairimu, who holds a degree in ‘Animal Health and Production’, has been working as the VETS UNITED project manager in Tanzania and ensures that all projects are run as planned and implementation is done on time.

Tanzania, Africa

Capital: Dodoma
Size: 947.300 km2  
Habitants: About 50 Millionen  
Language: Swahili 
Communication language: Englisch  
Poverty ranking 151 from 188 (2015)  
About  30.5 million cattle, 18.8 million goats, 5.3 million sheep 1.5 million donkeys
About 250 practicing Vets and 1690 Paravets 

WTG: How would you describe the animal welfare situation in the country and where do you see the biggest challenges in your work as VETS UNITED Project Manager?

IW: The animal welfare situation in Tanzania is promising. People have started acknowledging the need for animal welfare for both economic gain and metal and spiritual satisfaction. Gradually but surely, things are changing. The biggest challenges are still the influences of traditional cultural practices and preconceptions though.

WTG: What do you enjoy most about your work as VETS UNITED Project Manager?

IW: I enjoy having the veterinarians we train appreciate the need to involve humane care in their day-to-day interaction with animals. It is one thing to treat an animal, but that doesn’t mean it will be treated humanely with minimal or no painful experience. They have also started appreciating species such as dogs and donkeys more which were rarely treated at the beginning due to lack of respect.

WTG: What are your hopes for the Animal health and welfare situation in the country in 5 to 10 years?

IW: I want a Tanzania, where all animals will be treated equally with no prejudice. Where the quality of treatment will be top notch because the people are aware of the need to keep our animals in a good condition.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Wendy Phillips (Senior Manager Programme)

Tel.: +49(0)30 – 9237226-0
Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V.
Reinhardtstr. 10
10117 Berlin


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