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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

East Coast Fever training curriculum and manual for vaccinators

East Coast Fever (ECF) is a serious, often fatal, disease of cattle that causes major economic losses across 11 countries in eastern, central and southern Africa. Caused by single-celled parasite, the disease is transmitted by the brown ear tick, which is found in hay or standing grass. ECF is a significant constraint to livestock farmers […]

Vaccinating chickens leads to better nutrition for communities in Jharkhand, India

For 33 year old Amrita Kunjur, vaccinating her poultry against Newcastle Disease (ND) has brought an added value to her family. Amrita who lives in the rural hinterland of Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand state in India, has always owned chickens. But due to the prevalence of Ranikhet Disease (Newcastle Disease), the flock never […]

Chicken vaccine broadening economic avenues in Jharkhand, India

Silanti Linda lives in a village, about 15 kilometres away from Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand state in India. Silanti and her family are part of the tribal community that has traditionally depended on farms, forests and livestock. They are however increasingly having to seek additional sources of income due to reduced productivity of […]

Reflections from the field: On the trail of Pestes des Petits Ruminants

On a recent trip to India, I had the opportunity to visit Manda Pandey in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh. I was traveling with my colleague Rahul Srivastava who is the Marketing Officer for our South Asian programmes. Rahul and I were going to visit a new project that GALVmed is launching in the area to protect […]

Vaccines boost backyard poultry rearing in western Kenya

The graduate poultry keeper In Homa Bay County, located in western Kenya, poultry vaccinations provide a new lease of life for the indigenous village poultry sector. Spearheaded by the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed), vaccines have transformed traditional indigenous poultry keeping into a thriving enterprise attracting people of all ages due to the improved income it […]

Vaccine restores hope for cattle farmers

Before 2013, Geoffrey Laboso Ngetich lost significant numbers of his calves to East Coast Fever (ECF) every year. But after he began vaccinating his cattle, the 42 year old dairy farmer from Chepseon Location, in Kericho County, Kenya, has not lost a single animal. Laboso is one of the beneficiaries of a nationwide ECF vaccination awareness drive […]

Jayanti’s Story: Protecting chickens against Newcastle Disease, one village at a time

Mayurbhanj on the east coast of India is surrounded by vast stretches of drought hit farmland, which showcases the agricultural development challenges facing the region. However, a small rural village in the region is experiencing the economic benefits of backyard poultry farming especially after the introduction of the Newcastle Disease vaccine. Video transcript available here. […]