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 […]

Developing the market for unserved smallholder poultry keepers in India

Collectively, smallholder poultry farmers around the world provide a large market for livestock veterinary products. But this crucial segment has traditionally been unserved by pharmaceutical companies, often because smallholder markets are viewed as non-profitable and not sustainable. However, more and more smallholders are willing to pay for veterinary products such as vaccines to protect their […]

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 […]

Economic & health impacts of vaccinating poultry against Newcastle disease in Burkina Faso

In honour of World Veterinary Day (29 April), GALVmed would like to thank its many partners and veterinarians who ensure our programmes reach small-holder farmers in Africa and South Asia. We share insights from two of our veterinarian partners in Burkina Faso who are working to tackle Newcastle Disease – a deadly disease that can […]

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% […]

Vaccinating poultry empowers women in rural India #BeBoldForChange

Today, 8th March, the world celebrates International Women’s Day, which is an important catalyst and vehicle for driving greater change for women while moving closer to gender equality. This year’s International Women’s Day campaign theme is #BeBoldForChange and calls for people to forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world. At GALVmed, […]

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 […]

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 […]