900m lives depend on livestock

GALVmed makes livestock vaccines, medicines and diagnostics accessible and affordable to the millions in developing countries for whom livestock is a lifeline

About GALVmed

East Coast Fever (ECF) is a tick-borne parasitic disease of cattle and buffalo in sub-Saharan Africa. It infects about 50 million cattle per year and kills two cattle every minute.

The total yearly cost of the disease is estimated to be close to US$600 million.

Animals can be vaccinated for US$6-10 per animal using the ECF Infection & Treatment Method Muguga Cocktail. This involves injecting disease-causing parasites into the animal and simultaneously treating it with a long-acting antibiotic.

After vaccination, farmers should continue spraying or dipping animals using a suitable acaricide to prevent and/or control other tick-borne diseases.

Find the official ECF vaccinators in your country

Our work

Product development

GALVmed specialises in product development partnerships uniquely established to translate global research progress into tangible livestock disease control tools for the developing world.

Market development

Our work with our partners supports the poor livestock keepers of the world.

Policy and advocacy

The policy environment is a key determinant in the successful translation of research products to livestock health solutions that are sustainably available to smallholder farmers.


Impact study of dewormers in goats and chickens in India and Tanzania

GALVmed recently commissioned a study to comparatively assess weight gain in poultry and small ruminants following treatment or non-treatment with dewormers.

Intestinal parasites (helminths) pose a considerable burden to the smallholder livestock farmer. Dewormers (anthelminthics) should …

All female poultry vaccinators in Ethiopia

An all-female vaccinator group is tackling a deadly poultry disease in Ethiopia.

The Newcastle Disease vaccine project in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia started in January 2017. Its objective was to introduce and implement a …

National Immunization Awareness Month in the spotlight

Our partners over at the Belgium-based organisation Health for Animals have been highlighting the importance of immunisation recently under the theme of vaccines that are ‘changing the world’ to coincide with National Immunization Awareness Month …