Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Germany (VSF Germany; Ger.: Tierärzte ohne Grenzen e.V.) is a German non-profit organisation operating in East Africa.
Who we are
Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Germany (VSF Germany, Ger.: Tierärzte ohne Grenzen e.V.) is a German non-profit organisation with its headquarters based in Berlin, Germany. It is a dynamic organization whose work is driven by a strong commitment towards the health and well-being of humans, animals and the environment that surrounds them, supporting efforts aimed at saving lives and ending suffering in Eastern Africa – a work that transcends international borders and sector boundaries to achieve the One Health Agenda in a global setting.
VSF Germany has been implementing projects in the Horn of Africa since 1998. The organization has a Regional Office in Nairobi (RON), Kenya, and Country Offices (CO) in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.
VSF Germany bases its work on up-to-date knowledge and practical experience. This guarantees accountability, transparency and professionalism in implementing the projects. The organization resiliently and persistently works to save lives (with Humanitarian Assistance) and contributes to bringing about lasting improvements to human, animal and environmental well-being (Development Cooperation).
VSF Germany’s vision is for people to be able to earn a stable livelihood for themselves and their families through the sustainable use of nature and their animals in order to live a self-determined, humane life.
VSF Germany’s mission is to save lives, reduce suffering and to improve the well-being and resilience of vulnerable communities by protecting and promoting the health and productivity of their livestock within a healthy environment.
VSF Germany in Numbers
Professionalism | Transparency | Accountability | Integrity | Team Work | Multi-Sector, Multi-Stakeholder, Multi-Donor Programming | Nexus Approach | One Health Approach | Do No Harm | Conflict Sensitivity | Empowerment of Women and the Youth | Gender Equity/Sensitivity | Sustainability | Community-centered Approach | Impact Oriented | Innovation
All human beings are equal in worth
& have the right to a dignified life
The values which form the foundation of our work are rooted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), in the Universal Declaration of Animal Welfare (UDAW) and the fundamental principles of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to helping people and animals adapting to climate change. In accordance with the objectives, it is our conviction that: All human beings are equal in worth and have the right to a dignified life.
All people are equal in dignity. No person may be subjected to unfair treatment because of their age, sex, disability, sexual identity, economic status, ethnicity, religion or on any other grounds. All human beings should be guaranteed equal opportunities and access to public services. It is a human right to have one’s basic needs satisfied. No person should have to be dependent on other people’s charity. Animals have rights which entitles them to protection and care. These rights are specified in the UDAW. Both people and animals in East Africa have been affected by the consequences of climate change for a long time. In accordance with the principles of the UNFCCC, VSF Germany supports those people and animals who are least able to adapt to the consequences of climate change.
VSF Germany is a registered non-profit organisation. The General Assembly elects the Honorary Board of Directors from its members, which presides over the organisation. Our Managing Director runs the organisation full-time and is based in Berlin. In East Africa, VSF Germany is represented by the Regional Director. Our Regional Office is in Nairobi and we have a Country Office in each of the countries from where the projects are coordinated.
Dr. Genene RegassaCountry Director Ethiopia
Dr. Joshua WaiswaTechnical Project Manager Uganda
Dr. Martin BarasaRegional Head of Programs
Esmael TessemaCountry Director Sudan
Maurice KiboyeCountry Director Kenya & Somalia
Mburu PeterHead of Finance
Muriki Makathimo KiambiInternal Auditor
Silvester OkothCountry Director South Sudan
Nancy Chingi BengatRegional Head of Administration & HR
Tinega Ong’OndiRegional Director
Christian GriebenowManaging Director
Dr. Boaz AbrahamBoard member
Dr. Christine MontagBoard member Human Ressources
Dr. Igor PilawskiResearch Associate One Health & Veterinarian Affairs
Dr. Klaus LorenzVice Chairman Programs
Dr. Moritz von HesbergVice Chairman Law & Finances
Prof. Dr. Norbert MenckeChairman Organizational Development
Shoshanna Hillmann-BreuerHead of Department for Public Relations & Fundraising
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Nancy Chingi Bengat
Regional Head of Administration & HR