A critical success factor in GALVmed’s ambition for widespread vaccine uptake in small-scale agriculture is the actual process of vaccination. This relies on a substantial number of individuals adequately trained and incentivised to vaccinate and work in remote, rural locations. However, the process of vaccinating livestock is often labourious, time consuming and is often a poorly remunerated activity. It is also a highly regulated activity which, in many Asian and African countries, can only be performed by vets or relatively well qualified paravets. But for these individuals, the financial returns from vaccinating rural and remote smallholders’ animals are poor when compared to other veterinary activities. This contributes to a severe vet shortage in many rural areas. Community Animal Health Workers (CAHWs) have, in response to this shortage, emerged to fill this gap. These are often not legally acknowledged, accredited or regulated in virtually all African and Asian countries.
GALVmed engages key partners such as the World Organisation for Animal Health, the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources and veterinary authorities in countries to develop a global consensus on a collective approach to this problem. We seek to work with partners to develop an agreed framework of vaccination procedures and corresponding levels of accreditation within the veterinary, para-veterinary professional and CAHWs spectrum.
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