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Canadian Veterinarian Students Help Improve Food Supply in Ghana

December 13, 2010

Last summer, University of Saskatchewan students Kirstin MacDonald and Steve Kuzienski travelled to Western Ghana to help solve the mystery of 20 to 80 per cent guinea fowl die-off during the rainy season, a major challenge to the community’s food supply.

This issue is a major focus for the Veterinarians Without Borders/ Vétérinaires sans Frontières (VWB/VSF) Student Program’s presence in Ghana. This program gave Kuzienski and MacDonald, both Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) students, the opportunity to apply their skills and learning to help solve this mystery and other public health issues.

Kirstin and Steve lived and worked in Upper Western Ghana for three months. During this time, they helped work on a pilot project where they developed relationships with the farming community and studied ways to improve food security. In particular, they focused on poultry not only because it is a major food supply but also because of its great trade and monetary value.

Through their efforts, Kirstin and Steve aimed to improve the self-sustainability of the community so that the farmers can enjoy better health, well-being and future prospects.

Learn more about their work and experiences at, or at Steve and Kirsten’s blog:

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