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 Newcastle Disease vaccination and general poultry health and management programme. In 30 districts in Tigray through female village vaccinators, […]

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 – currently running in the US throughout August. Their recent blog post Five immunizations that are changing the world includes […]

Improving the livelihoods of Malawian vaccinators and poultry farmers

A community vaccinators association in Malawi is increasing the capacities and incomes of local vaccinators, whilst helping poultry farmers maintain the health of their chickens and boost their income from poultry keeping. At the Nathenje Community Vaccinators Association (NCVA), vaccinators are receiving training in improved poultry production practices, the control of Newcastle Disease (ND) and […]

Newcastle Disease vaccine: Creating sustainability through commercial delivery systems

Making livestock vaccines and medicines easily accessible to smallholder farmers is a vital component of the value chain. If the vaccines are beyond reach, the farmers will not benefit and their livestock will suffer.  In Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, India, local retail shops provide the much needed solution to a glaring gap by stocking and […]

GALVmed partnership launches first ever field test for animal Trypanosomiasis

A simple diagnostic device is enabling farmers in Cameroon to test for the deadly livestock disease Animal African Trypanosomiasis (AAT or Tryps). AAT is caused mainly by two parasite species, Trypanosoma vivax and Trypanosoma congolense, which affect cattle in much of sub-Saharan Africa. However, according to veterinary experts, a new rapid field test can identify […]

For women in rural Uganda Newcastle Disease vaccine is more than just protecting chickens

In the rural villages of central Uganda’s Mukono and Mityana districts and eastern Uganda’s Iganga district, thanks to the introduction of the Newcastle Disease vaccine (I-2 ND) which protects poultry against this deadly disease, women have been taking on more roles in their households and communities. Through the income they get from selling their chickens […]

Poultry vaccination pays off for Indian farmers as demand increases

Access to a vaccine for Newcastle Disease (ND) has transformed the lives of communities in the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha state. Local inhabitants, who have traditionally bred poultry, would often experience the death of their flock during an outbreak of ND. The deadly disease has been known to kill entire flocks when an outbreak occurs. […]

Newcastle Disease vaccination in India creates new job opportunities as well as saving poultry

Newcastle Disease (ND) vaccinators in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha state in India can today look towards bright prospects. The demand for their services has not only spawned new employment opportunities within their locales, but has also helped farmers protect their poultry flocks which would routinely be ravaged by Newcastle Disease outbreaks. In addition, the chance […]

Regional sensitisation workshop on Newcastle Disease control in village poultry in West Africa

A two-day workshop on Newcastle disease (ND) control in West and Central Africa brought together 38 representatives from the government and private sectors to discuss key challenges and potential interventions in the vaccine delivery and administration in the regions. The event, which ran from 29-30 June 2017 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, included presentations, discussions and […]

World Zoonoses Day: Spotlight on the most common zoonotic disease

July 6th: Today is World Zoonoses Day – a date that has particular relevance in light of the global Brucellosis Vaccine Prize, a US $30 million prize competition inviting vaccine developers to submit proposals for – and ultimately develop – a suitable vaccine for use against Brucella melitensis in small ruminants across the developing world. […]