Veterinary professionals are being urged to donate unwanted computer equipment and smartphones for use by veterinary professionals in Africa.
AFSCAN, set up by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Foundation, has teamed up with the charity Computers 4 Africa, which will refurbish the equipment and then ship it to Africa.
All the organisations ask is the kit is less than eight years old and is complete with chargers as needed.
An AFSCAN spokesman said: “If only 10% of delegates do this, hundreds of items would be made available to benefit African colleagues and veterinary students.
“We encourage you to participate in this scheme to help make a tangible change in Africa.”
AFSCAN is working to widen access to education by providing online material to members of the emerging African small animal veterinary associations.
The North American Veterinary Community has generously provided access to its new VetFolio resource and BSAVA, in collaboration with the Worldwide Veterinary Service, is developing new online resource material specifically targeted to the needs of practitioners in developing countries.
However, AFSCAN says simply providing online material is not enough in the African context.
“There is also a need for many practitioners to have access to computer hardware with the capacity to access internet-based material,” the spokesman said.
“This need extends to the veterinary schools for the education of future practitioners. For example, the AFSCAN project board visited the veterinary school in Nairobi and discovered the entire student body has access to only three shared computers.
“One of our immediate targets will be to provide these bright and enthusiastic students with additional computer resource.”
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