All female poultry vaccinators in Ethiopia

An all-female vaccinator group is tackling a deadly poultry disease in Ethiopia. The Newcastle Disease vaccine project in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia started in January 2017. Its objective was to introduce and implement a Newcastle Disease vaccination and general poultry health and management programme. In 30 districts in Tigray through female village vaccinators, […]

Improving the livelihoods of Malawian vaccinators and poultry farmers

A community vaccinators association in Malawi is increasing the capacities and incomes of local vaccinators, whilst helping poultry farmers maintain the health of their chickens and boost their income from poultry keeping. At the Nathenje Community Vaccinators Association (NCVA), vaccinators are receiving training in improved poultry production practices, the control of Newcastle Disease (ND) and […]

For women in rural Uganda Newcastle Disease vaccine is more than just protecting chickens

In the rural villages of central Uganda’s Mukono and Mityana districts and eastern Uganda’s Iganga district, thanks to the introduction of the Newcastle Disease vaccine (I-2 ND) which protects poultry against this deadly disease, women have been taking on more roles in their households and communities. Through the income they get from selling their chickens […]

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% […]