GALVmed, Hester to accelerate delivery of livestock vaccines in India
The Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed) has signed an agreement to accelerate vaccination of livestock against peste des petit ruminants (PRR) and Newcastle disease in India.
Alongside Indian veterinary vaccine specialist Hester Biosciences, the livestock health charity entered a partnership with Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS) to increase vaccination levels for the two diseases in the state of Bihar, India.
The Hester-GALVmed partnership is developing a consistent and maintainable supply of veterinary vaccines and health products in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in Nepal.
The partnership will support BRLPS in training vaccinators and suppling them with cold chain-maintained vaccines alongside animal health and nutritional products at block level in Bihar. In return, BRLPS will be accountable for the selection of animal health workers to be trained, awareness creation among livestock owners and vaccination/service delivery in project zones.
GALVmed stated it envisages up to 500 new animal health workers to be trained to vaccinate goats against PPR and poultry against Newcastle disease. The organization also stated trained vaccinators will be provided with cool boxes to deliver the vaccines safely. Additionally, more than 20 new stock and retail distribution centers for vaccines and other healthcare products will be established. Training of staff involved in the project of preventive health care will receive ongoing training as the project continues.
GALVmed has also recently focused on advancing vaccine projects in Africa. It received $10 million in funding in September 2018 from the UK government's Department for International Development to develop seven new vaccines for neglected tropical diseases.