Establishing small chicken enterprises in Nepal through vaccination

In the small village of Madnapur in Surketh district, Nepal, lives Rampyari Thapa. She has been rearing backyard poultry for six years.  “Almost all my chickens would die, some would even suffer from paralysis,” she says recalling her struggles to keep her chickens alive. Her family owns only a small piece of land and so […]

East Coast Fever vaccination training

A training video introducing East Coast Fever disease, the disease life cycle, the history of the vaccine, and how to properly vaccinate animals. To be used in conjunction with the official training manual from the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO).

Agrovets help sustain Newcastle Disease vaccination value chain in Nepal

In one corner of Banke District in Nepal, Vishnu Rejme runs his agrovet stall. He is one of those community agroveterinary entrepreneurs – commonly known as agrovets – who are sustaining the system of poultry vaccination in remote parts of Nepal. They form the vital ‘last mile’ connection to poultry farmers in the vaccine supply […]

New SGP/PPR combined vaccine shows promise in Africa

Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) is a highly contagious viral respiratory disease of goats and sheep causing up to 80 per cent mortality in flocks. The disease is present in West Africa, part of Central Africa (Gabon, Central African Republic), East Africa (north of the Equator), the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent including Nepal […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]