Morris Darbo

Project Manager Liberia

After completing a degree in education, Morris Darbo started working in the field of animal welfare and health more than 10 years ago. Born in Tanzania, Darbo grew up surrounded by animals which lead to his passion for this topic, and is now responsible for the programming, monitoring and financial oversight of our project as a VETS UNITED project manager in Liberia.

Background: Liberia, Africa

Capital: Monrovia
Area: 111.368 km2
Population: ca. 4.6 million
Official language: English
Ranked 181 of 189 in the human development index 2018
Around 1.6 million livestock (mainly chicken and goats)
Ca. 20 local para-vets, out of which 15 actively practice
No local vets (ca. 4 foreign ones)

WTG: Where do you see the biggest challenges in your work as VETS UNITED Project Manager?

MD: My first biggest challenge was finding a trained vet/para-vet locally which caused us to look outside of the country and increasing the expenditure. My second challenge is ensuring that the two institutions take full responsibility of both the theoretical and practical sessions at the end of the project. The practical is a bit expensive so motivating the institutions to take up that portion and effectively run it at the end of the project is a challenge.

WTG: How has the quality of the education and animal welfare in general changed so far through the VETS UNITED education programme? What are your hopes for the future?

MD: The project is adding a most needed value to the education system for students majoring in animal science by giving them better and simple theoretical knowledge and effective and efficient practical skills. The students see the project as a golden opportunity for them to get the knowledge and skills needed to become trained and professional animal welfare and health workers. My hope for the future is that Liberia will have more animal welfare and health personnel who will help improve the welfare and health of animals through education and direct care and treatment.

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

MD: I hope that in the next 5 to 10 years, animal health and welfare programme will be taught in every institution in the country doing animal related programmes. Secondly, animal health and welfare programme will be prioritize in the country so that every section of the country will have trained and practicing animal health and welfare personnel.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Wendy Phillips (Senior Manager Programme)

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


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