For the second year running, SSLPP has collaborated with the Kyeema Foundation to evaluate progress in its project involving support for vaccination of village chickens against Newcastle disease. In July 2011, SSLPP seconded its Field Veterinary Officer, Dr Pat Boland, to undertake the evaluation in four countries: Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi. The evaluation has now been completed and a report has been presented to Kyeema Foundation.
The Kyeema Foundation has had a long history of support for village poultry health and production with particular emphasis on Newcastle disease vaccination. The project in question, the "Regional Newcastle Disease Control Project" is being funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). It follows on preparatory work done under the Southern African Newcastle Disease Control Project (SANDCP) which operated some years back and which was also funded by AusAID.
Newcastle disease is the biggest single threat to village chickens in the southern African region. SSLPP strongly supports the concept of promoting vaccination and is pleased to be one of Malawi's foremost agencies in terms of utilising the vaccination infrastructure initiated by the Kyeema Foundation.
SSLPP can supply interested parties with support in terms of training and extension materials relating to vaccination of village chickens against Newcastle disease. Should you wish to receive any such materials, please do not hesitate to contact us.