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Agrimarketing : March 2008
simple as a multi-dose syringe was an amazing innovation to them. With their basic knowl- edge and willful deter- mination, we were able to quickly get them up to speed on new advancements in animal medicine. "Livestock in Afghanistan get the same diseases as they get here," Barringer added. "Pneumonia was the most common dis- ease seen by veterinari- ans, and the long-acting antibiotics that Pfizer donated were critical based on the need to effectively control disease problems and the unique distance issues." DIFFICULT LOGISTICS Veterinarians travel across their rural practice areas on motorcycles, horse- back and even bicycles. They fre- quently travel great distances to treat an animal, then are unable to return for long periods of time, making repeat treatments extremely difficult. Part of Barringer 's efforts included developing treatment protocols that would fit these logistical challenges. "Treating animals on a daily basis or even every three days is impossible for these practitioners due to distance and transportation limitations," Barringer added. "I requested products based on their effectiveness against common pathogens and duration of therapy provided. The long-acting, extended therapy antibiotics were beneficial because they offer 7 to 14 days of therapy. We also provided a parasiti- cide that offers activity of up to 28 days for the control of internal para- site infestations." Barringer was chosen to lead this effort because of his unique and var- ied background in veterinary medi- cine, public health issues, extensive military training and his combat sit- uation experience. He noted that the program is not a typical military project, as it is a joint effort of the U.S. military, the host nation and an American corporation. Pfizer Animal Health responded to an official request from the U.S. military by providing prod- ucts for the treatment of animals involved in the program. "The gratitude of the veterinari- ans and the farmers was overwhelm- ing," Barringer said. "In many cases our work is the difference between life and death for a family because no animals equals no food and no money to buy it." AM ANIMAL AG IN WAR-TORN AFGHANISTAN March 2008 AgriMarketing 37 A unique joint effort of the U.S. military, the host nation and Pfizer Animal Health, the animal agriculture program helped provide families with livestock and trained Afghan veterinarians on product administration to help re-establish animal agriculture in Afghanistan. is now available online! To view, go to www.AgriMarketingDigital.com. To receive an e-mail alert when each issue is available, e-mail your request to be added to the list to: info@AgriMarketing.com.
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