Dutch Committee for Afghanistan was founded on June 24, 1994, by members of the Board of the already longer existing Dutch Committee for Afghanistan (founded in 1979, shortly after the Soviet invasion). Whereas previous activities of DCA included humanitarian assistance in a broader sense, DCA focuses on veterinary and directly related livestock activities. The mission statement runs as follows:
‘’To offer aid and assistance to the population of Afghanistan by improving the health and productive output of the local livestock’’
The main objective of DCA is to protect and improve the health of existing livestock and to increase livestock production in Afghanistan.
To realize the objective, DCA has developed veterinary programmes to
- Train Para-veterinarians (Para-vets) and Basic Veterinary Workers (BVWs)
- Establish district-based veterinary field units (VFUs) throughout its area of responsibilities in Afghanistan
- Provide veterinary equipment, medicines and vaccines
- Support the delivery of animal health services at community level