The late Emeritus Professor Peter Spradbrow and the University of Queensland, supported by the Australian Centre of International Agricultural Research, developed the thermotolerant Newcastle disease I-2 vaccination for chickens which does not rely on a stable chain of refrigeration for it to remain effective and thus is extremely useful in areas where power supply is unreliable.
The I-2 Master seed is made available to governments worldwide at no cost in order for developing countries to produce vaccines locally and disseminated through community driven programs.
Over 10 years of research, pre-testing and supply-chain development – all with rigorous community consultation – have led to the development of a comprehensive set of tools for community led vaccination campaigns. This includes technician and farmer training to use the vaccine, production of quality assured vaccine and continued disease surveillance.
These tools are freely available to all who wish to adapt and use them. Through this model we continue to support the goal of achieving near 100% locally driven Newcastle disease control and improved village poultry husbandry health for improved livelihoods in endemic areas.