Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse                                                                                           ehupuguw 9. October 2023

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse

Worldwide, 1.3 billion people depend entirely or to a large extent on livestock farming for their livelihood. Of these, more than 500 million live in poverty. If the animals are not doing well, the livelihoods and lives of these people are at risk. Healthy farm animals, on the other hand, mean food and income. Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse (VSF-Suisse) has been working on behalf of these people and their animals since 1988.

The mission

VSF-Suisse works in East and West Africa to strengthen the resilience and well-being of vulnerable populations by promoting the health and productivity of their livestock in a sustainable environment, thereby strengthening people’s resilience to the climate crisis, natural disasters and conflicts, as well as their livelihoods and food security. VSF-Suisse provides emergency aid in humanitarian crisis situations and implements medium and long-term development projects. This supports people on their way to a self-determined life and creates sustainable prospects. The approximately 150 local employees of VSF-Suisse always work closely with the local population, partner organizations and authorities and pay attention to the sustainable use of natural resources in line with the slogan: Healthy animals – Healthy people – Healthy environment.

The topics

  • Animal health
  • Animal welfare
  • Livestock One Health
  • Zoonoses
  • Food security
  • Livelihoods
  • Resilience
  • Capacity development
  • Value chains
  • Food security
  • agroecology
  • Sustainable management of natural resources
  • innovations in fodder cultivation
  • participatory rangeland management
  • conflict reduction
  • Triple Nexus

The specialties

Within the alliance, VSF-Suisse has many years of experience in working with livestock and in the production and marketing of animal products. The organization is also active in countries with extremely fragile contexts.

The countries

Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, Togo, Chad


Mühlenplatz 15
Postfach 343
CH-3000 Bern 13
+41 31 332 77 65

Contact person at Sufosec

Dr. Vincent Hug, Head of Programs


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A core task of VSF-Suisse is the training and equipping of animal health assistants.
© Tom Martin
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In West Africa, VSF-Suisse supports people in the production and marketing of local milk.
© Tom Martin
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In Togo, VSF-Suisse is training people in the production and marketing of sustainable forest fruits such as honey.
© Tom Martin
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VSF-Suisse provides emergency aid in humanitarian crises. This includes emergency veterinary services, food deliveries and the distribution of animals.
© Ismail Abdihakim/VSF-Suisse/Fairpicture
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VSF-Suisse is committed to innovations in fodder cultivation such as hydroponic production. It improves availability even during periods of drought.
© VSF-Suisse
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VSF-Suisse promotes the keeping of camels. The hardy animals continue to produce milk even during periods of drought.
© Christian Bobst