Hatchery vaccination to boost opportunities for poultry producers in Africa

Poultry is an important protein source and an asset for small-scale producers in Africa. However, losses due to preventable diseases continue to significantly impact farmers’ livelihoods and financial stability. Low poultry vaccination combined with inadequate information about circulating diseases and how to treat them form a constant barrier to production by small-scale producers (SSPs). In […]

Transforming veterinary services through a digital app

Smallholder farmers in Africa have limited or no access to high quality veterinary medicinal products due to weak distribution channels, low levels of awareness about animal diseases and how these can be prevented or treated. However, smart technologies can empower those hard-to-reach farmers by being part of the solution to leverage on data, surveillance and […]

Change agents: The women making a difference in their livestock communities

Livestock is an important entry point for promoting women’s empowerment. In the rural areas of the state of Bihar, India groups of local women, known as Pashu Sakhis, are trained to provide basic animal health care to their communities. In 2019, GALVmed and its partners, Veterinary Social Business division of Hester Biosciences Limited, and Bihar […]

How are we communicating with farmers in times of COVID-19?

COVID-19 has disrupted the way we do business. With travel restrictions in place in many countries and the need to protect each other against the disease, extension services for small-scale producers (SSPs) have been curtailed. Physical farmer trainings and awareness activities have reduced significantly or in some instances been stopped entirely. The GALVmed-Hester South Asia […]

On the trail of PPR & SGP in India

Small ruminants are constantly threatened by diseases such as PPR and Sheep & Goat Pox (SGP). The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), estimates that 80% of the world’s 2 billion small ruminant population in Africa, the Middle East and Asia are threatened by PPR, while Sheep & Goat Pox has a mortality rate of […]

African Animal Trypanosomosis: Why We Need New Drugs

African animal trypanosomiasis (AAT) is a disease of vertebrate animals caused by a blood‑dwelling protozoan parasite which is spread by biting tsetse flies. AAT is widely known in Africa as nagana and is a major constraint for livestock producers in sub-Saharan Africa.  Each year, AAT is estimated to kill 3 million cattle. The direct economic […]

The relevance of quality data for decision-making and planning in LMIC

On the back of the One Health Congress which was held recently from October 30 to November 3 2020, Supporting Evidence-based Interventions (SEBI) hosted a One Health virtual chat to discuss the importance of data to drive decision-making and intervention planning, especially in low and middle-income countries (LMIC). The One Health chat was hosted by […]

A Step Forward with FMD Public-Private Partnerships in Eastern Africa

In Eastern Africa, the public sector currently leads efforts to control Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), a highly contagious viral livestock disease with severe economic repercussions. However, private sector innovation and resources could make a big difference in tackling this disease. The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the intergovernmental institution responsible for global animal […]

The Impact of Foot and Mouth Disease in Eastern Africa

The AgResults Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Vaccine Challenge Project is an eight-year, US$15.8 million prize competition that supports the development and uptake of high-quality FMD vaccines tailored to meet the needs of Eastern Africa.

Addressing Nepal’s veterinary needs, one village at a time

In rural communities where most smallholder farmers live, veterinary centres are often located many kilometers away, closer to the semi-urban areas. The result is that many smallholder farmers such as these ones from Mahua village in Nepal, do not always have reliable access to veterinary products for their livestock. GALVmed is working with Hester Biosciences […]