New tools to tackle porcine cysticercosis in rural Uganda

Porcine Cysticercosis is a serious zoonotic disease prevalent in many parts of the world especially in developing countries, where sanitation remains a challenge. It causes 30% of human epilepsy cases in the developing world. A GALVmed-led project in Eastern Uganda is expected to significantly reduce cases of Porcine Cysticercosis in pigs and break the cycle […]

Creating innovative livestock health care products & services targeted to smallholder farmers

Livestock production in smallholder systems exists throughout the developing world. Livestock contributes considerably to the livelihood strategies of the poor and can be an important source of income and nutrition. However, smallholder farmers consistently battle livestock diseases, most of which are preventable with vaccination. The challenge has always been a gap in product and service […]

Indigenous poultry keeping is a growing business in rural western Kenya

Increased access to Newcastle disease (ND) vaccine, especially the thermo-tolerant I-2 ND, is boosting backyard indigenous poultry farming in Ugunja, a small market town in Siaya County, Kenya – near the Ugandan border. The I-2 ND vaccine, when administered regularly, has reduced significant poultry losses caused by this fatal disease, which can wipe out 80-90% […]

New vaccine brings hope to north Cameroon

A project in Cameroon’s drought-stricken northern region is enabling an increasing number of farmers to take up traditional poultry keeping. In the villages of Bibemi and Djola in Garoua, regular access to the I-2 Newcastle Disease (ND) vaccine is protecting poultry against this fatal disease, and is providing farmers with a complimentary source of income […]

Researchers on a mission to improve the East Coast Fever vaccine

GALVmed recently held a workshop Nairobi (19-20 January 2017) to discuss ongoing research to improve the East Coast Fever (ECF) vaccine. The vaccine, commonly known as Infection and Treatment Method (ITM)  was developed in mid-70s and since then new tools have been developed   to characterise the vaccine strains/stocks and provide new knowledge to make it […]

Improving poultry productivity in Nigeria

Since July 2016, smallholder farmers in Oyo, Osun and Ogun states in southwest Nigeria have benefited from Newcastle Disease (ND) I-2 poultry vaccination and deworming. Already, the treatment is unlocking the economic potential of poultry production and improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Initiated by the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed) – a […]

A step closer to treating nagana

Animal African Trypanosomiasis (AAT), or nagana as it is widely known in Africa, is a disease of vertebrate animals that is endemic in 40 African countries. Trypanosome parasites that affect cattle account for up to a 50 percent loss in milk and meat production across the continent. In infected animals, the mortality rate can reach […]

Tackling the major cause of epilepsy in the developing world

Porcine cysticercosis is a zoonotic disease, which can lead to epilepsy in humans. A new vaccine and dewormer have been registered to counter the disease in pigs thereby stopping the cycle of transmission to humans. In Udaipur, Nepal, where vaccination projects were initiated, pig farmers are hopeful that not only will the vaccine and dewormer […]

Bringing the benefits of the ECF vaccine to Rwandan farmers

Rwandan farmers will soon have a reason to smile as they will be able to protect their cattle from one of the deadliest cattle diseases – East Coast Fever. The disease that kills numerous cattle across the East Africa region is present in most regions of Rwanda and yet unlike their East African counterparts, Rwandan […]

Fulani freed from the threat of PPR and SGP in Mali

Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) and Sheep and Goat Pox (SGP) result in major losses in livestock productivity and also death of many small ruminants for farmers in Safèbougou, a Malian village located about 100 km north of Bamako. “Every year, there were cases of sheep pox and PPR,” says Boubacar Dramane Bah, a 65 […]