Sabana Grande - Summer 2014

  • Rebeccah Landman, a veterinary student, talks with a community member about the husbandry and health of his cows..

    Surveys have been our foundation for assessing the animal health needs of the community. Here Rebeccah Landman, a veterinary student, talks with a community member about the husbandry and health of his cows. Based on surveys 96% of households have chickens and illness is a primary concern. 48% of households had cattle with the primary concern being nutrition.

  • A local producer shares his strategies for dealing with the drought and the lack of animal nutrition in Sabana Grande with UC Davis Veterinary students and International Agricultural Development students.

    A local producer shares his strategies for dealing with the drought and the lack of animal nutrition in Sabana Grande with UC Davis Veterinary students and International Agricultural Development students. This year Sabana Grande was experiencing a very severe drought affecting many animals and people in the community.

  • The Montana Solar (Solar Mountain), which hosts a classroom lovingly decorated by community members.

    One Health Nicaragua is an education-based and needs-based project. We host our workshops on the Montana Solar (Solar Mountain), which hosts a classroom lovingly decorated by community members.

  • Lauren Michaels, a veterinary student, and Dr. Maier, a veterinary resident, explain what antibiotics are, how they work, and how they are different from vaccines.

    As part of a workshop on the different classes of pharmaceuticals, Lauren Michaels, a veterinary student, and Dr. Maier, a veterinary resident, explain what antibiotics are, how they work, and how they are different from vaccines.

  • A Sabana Grande community member using a microscope to view parasites.

    As part of our workshops community members got to look at various parasites up close under the microscope. For many people this was the first time they’d used a microscope. Students for One Health brought the microscope to Sabana Grande and are working with local community health workers to incorporate this resource into their diagnostic repertoire.

  • Community members enjoy being grossed out by specimens of parasites that both animals and humans can get.

    Our workshops focus on animal health concerns identified by the community. We strive to make our workshops as interactive as possible. Here community members enjoy being grossed out by specimens of parasites that both animals and humans can get.

  • Members of One Health Nicaragua work with local vet promoters and community members to design a poultry vaccination plan based on local weather patterns and resources.

    Our workshops employ a lot of small group work in order to engage community members to share their ideas. Here members of One Health Nicaragua work with local vet promoters and community members to design a poultry vaccination plan based on local weather patterns and resources.

  • A young girl playing with a tick model handed out during our Tick-borne disease prevention workshop.

    A young girl playing with a tick model handed out during our Tick-borne disease prevention workshop. This workshop was later adapted to be taught in schools.

  • The veterinary student team, with Dr. Rodrigo Gallardo, after the successful poultry health workshop.

    The veterinary student team, with Dr. Rodrigo Gallardo, after the successful poultry health workshop. Based on workshop evaluations all fourteen participants were extremely satisfied with the workshop.

  • Veterinary students discuss Sabana Grande and the volunteer groups within the community with visiting medical students.

    One Health Nicaragua is a multidisciplinary team of students. Here veterinary students discuss Sabana Grande and the volunteer groups within the community with visiting medical students. At this meeting we asked community members to identify their top concerns for animals, humans and the environment.

  • Hannah Macdonald poses with her host sister, Jennifer.

    While in Sabana Grande One Health Nicaragua students live with host families. This helps us get to know the community better and make personal connections. In this photo, Hannah Macdonald poses with her host sister, Jennifer.

  • Sam Lawton’s homestay grandma makes her morning tortillas.

    As part of our homestay experience we also become closely acquainted with the way of life in Sabana Grande. Here, Sam Lawton’s homestay grandma makes her morning tortillas.

  • This is a picture of the national bird, the MotMot.

    Nicaragua is full of biodiversity and many groups in Sabana Grande are working to preserve the local environment through reforestation efforts and organic farming. This is a picture of the national bird, the MotMot.