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 […]

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 […]

Groundbreaking workshops call for integrated ‘one health’ approach to control major cause of epilepsy in developing world

GALVmed held workshops in South Asia and Africa for stakeholders working in the field of taeniasis and cysticercosis recently to discuss integrated human and animal health approaches to controlling these parasitic zoonotic diseases. Taeniasis and cysticercosis represent a serious public health issue in the developing world with negative impact on livestock farming households and national […]

Animal health experts discuss the future of veterinary service delivery in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands

The future of veterinary service delivery in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) was recently discussed by livestock keepers and Kenya’s top animal health experts. The workshop, which was held in Nanyuki on October 4 and 5, 2017, was attended by 63 participants and was organised by the national Department of Veterinary Services and Kenya’s […]

Kenya makes strides towards forming an animal health association

On 9 October 2017, the Global Alliance for Livestock and Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed) convened a half day meeting in Nairobi with 22 private sector representatives, including livestock product manufacturers, distributors and importers, to discuss how Kenya’s first animal health industry association should be structured and run. Participants explored the economic feasibility of forming an animal […]

Good rearing practices improve goat farming in Uttar Pradesh

Goat keepers in the western regions of the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have reared ruminants for hundreds of years, with virtually all households owning up to five goats on average. However, many such goat keepers have no understanding of such illnesses affecting goats as Peste de Petits Ruminants (PPR) or goat plague that […]

The mobile vet: Bringing healthier livestock to India’s rural farmers

Housed in a colourful mobile van, an agro-veterinary clinic is now a regular feature in distant tribal parts of Jharkhand state in India. In many parts of Jharkhand, such as the East Singbhum district, it reaches remote hamlets devoid of concrete roads or mobile phone networks. The mobile veterinary clinic is run by Birsa Yuva […]

Indian state sets example for innovative use of mobile veterinary services

See also the video post The mobile vet: Bringing healthier livestock to India’s rural farmers. In remote areas of India, access to veterinary services is often difficult. Tribal livestock farmers have to travel far from their villages when there is a dire need of treatment for their animals. This has adversely affected livestock farming in […]

GALVmed and Sokoine University of Agriculture hold CCPP workshop for Tanzanian animal health professionals

GALVmed jointly organised a workshop in Arusha, Tanzania, with Sokoine University of Agriculture recently to raise awareness of Contagious Caprine Pleuro-Pneumonia (CCPP) among animal health service delivery stakeholders. The workshop was based on a baseline study that GALVmed had commissioned in 2013/14 and conducted by the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), to obtain information on […]

Key technology partner gets nod in prestigious UK parliament publication

One of GALVmed’s key technology partners has been included in this year’s edition of a prestigious UK government publication. Cambridge-based biopharmaceutical company Arecor is profiled in the Technology edition of the Parliamentary Review as an example of ‘an outstanding organisation and growth company’. Established by former minister Rt Hon David Curry shortly after the 2010 […]