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Research on Dogs in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Our approach is data-led - using quantitative and qualitative information on free-roaming dogs in Sierra Leone and comparable populations to inform our strategy.

We are constantly learning and evolving our approach, based on the available data.

Puppies in Freetown Sierra Leone

We conducted a survey of 136 households in our intervention area.  Among the findings were an indication that there are 1.65 male dogs to every 1 female.  Read the results here.

Boy and dog in Sierra Leone

CPI's 2021 survey showed that many people mistakenly think that mange (a very common & easily treatable skin condition) is a sign of rabies, but that most people correctly visit the hospital in the case of a dog bite.  Read about this and other findings here.

Bloodborne parasites in Sierra Leone dogs

CPI's Veterinary Director, Dr. Rebecca Dobinson and renowned parasitologist, Dr. Ian Wright conducted a study of bloodborne parasites in dogs attending our March 2022 spay-neuter clinic.  The results were published in the UK's Vet Record.  Read the article here.

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Focus Group

In January 2023, CPI will conduct a small focus group of residents in our intervention area.  We'll be looking to get feedback on our previous sterilisation and vaccination approaches and find out more about what people want for dogs in their community.  Results will be published here.

Available Research Relating to Roaming Dogs in Sierra Leone

​Hatch, C., Sneddon, J., & Jalloh, G. (2004). A descriptive study of urban rabies during the civil war in Sierra Leone: 1995-2001. Trop Anim Health Prod  36(4), 321-334. Available from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15241966/

Suluku, R., Abu-Bakarr, I., Johnny, J., & Jonsyn-Ellis, F. (2012). Post-war Demographic and Ecological Survey of Dog Populations and Their Human Relationships in Sierra Leone. (A Case Study of Urban Freetown). Science Journal of Agricultural Research and Management. Available from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/269779580_Post-war_Demographic_and_Ecological_Survey_of_Dog_Populations_and_Their_Human_Relationships_in_Sierra_Leone_A_Case_Study_of_Urban_Freetown

Suluku, R., Obukowho, E. B. , Macavoray, A., & Kallon, M. N. (2021). Rabies Virus in Sierra Leone: Challenges and Recommended Solutions for Elimination by 2030. In (Ed.), Rabies Virus at the Beginning of 21st Century. Available from https://www.intechopen.com/chapters/78534

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