The Value of Poultry Health

Poultry is an important asset for small-scale producers in low-and-middle-income countries. Poultry not only provide nutrition, but they are also a significant source of income. Poultry Health has been and continues to be a key part of GALVmed’s intervention for small-scale producers. Since our journey began, we have worked on a number of important diseases that affect the productivity of poultry in Africa and South Asia.

Poultry Programmes

Poultry Health

How do the needle-free immunisation methods against Newcastle disease and Fowl Pox work?

Non-invasive vaccination approach

A group of adjacent feathers is plucked from a bird's thigh

A vaccine-dipped brush is rubbed with an upward motion inside the opening of freshly emptied, exposed holes of feather follicles

After 7-10 days a vaccinated bird shows take reactions (swelling of the skin, a nodule, or a scab) at the site where the vaccine was applied. This is evidence of successful immunisation

Could needle-free immunisation methods boost the fight against Newcastle disease and Fowl Pox?

COVID-19 Mitigation Plan

GALVmed is keeping a close watch on the COVID-19 situation across the world and has adopted precautionary measures in line with government guidance.  GALVmed staff have been instructed to follow regional advice and work from home in keeping with local government recommendations.  GALVmed also cancelled all business travel and face-to-face meetings until further notice.  This is to minimize health risks to our staff, their families, partners and society at large.

It is our aim to maintain business-as-usual, but ask for your understanding should the current COVID-19 epidemic lead to any delays or disruptions in business matters.

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.

Commercial development

Our work with our partners supports the small-scale livestock producers 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 small-scale livestock producers.


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