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GALVmed’s approach is unique and enables substantial and sustainable improvements in smallholder agriculture. The end point sees major smallholder livestock diseases being effectively controlled with vaccines and other animal health products purchased by smallholders at market prices and without any donor input or outside intervention. But in order for this outcome to be achieved, GALVmed first uses donor funding to undertake two major avenues of development work.

Product Development:

GALVmed harnesses the best available expertise and capabilities in academia, public research institutes and the commercial pharmaceutical sector to develop vaccines, medicines and diagnostics for the major livestock diseases impacting smallholders. In using an extensive network of partners to undertake the development work, GALVmed functions as a Product Development Partnership (PDP). A number of PDPs exist for human neglected tropical diseases, but GALVmed is the only veterinary PDP in existence. The end result of GALVmed’s product development work will be a comprehensive portfolio of smallholder animal health products. But for these to become widely available to smallholders a second complementary strand of work is undertaken – market development.

Market Development:

GALVmed’s market development activities are underwritten by the willingness of smallholders to pay the market price for effective livestock health products (particularly vaccines). Smallholder awareness, as well as vaccine distribution and vaccinator networks, first need to be developed on a small scale in pilots and field projects. Once these have demonstrated economic viability, larger market initiatives can be developed to bring in the private vaccine manufacturers to achieve and sustain the scale that can reach millions of smallholders.

To further enhance the sustainability and scalability of its work, GALVmed works to facilitate better smallholder animal health policies to promote widespread availability of effective and affordable products. The overall approach is therefore a comprehensive and integrated approach which enables an efficient market process to serve smallholders needs with these vital agricultural inputs.

Our Vision

Transformational improvement in the well-being and economic progression of smallholder livestock farmers.

Our Mission

We will contribute to the transformation of smallholder farmers’ lives by:

  • understanding the constraints to animal health and how to overcome them;
  • engaging the animal health industry; and
  • ensuring awareness, availability and adoption of effective animal health interventions.

Our Values

GALVmed subscribes to the highest professional and ethical values, which reflect sustainable impact on poor livestock keepers through:

  • Focus on delivery
  • Integrity
  • Responsiveness
  • Commitment
  • Innovation