“Before the project started, people used to lose a lot of chickens to Newcastle disease.”
Judith lives in the hilly and picturesque village of Chipasula, in the Ntchisi district of Malawi. She has six children. She and her husband are very proud of their progress in raising village chickens. She told our team about her experiences since joining the program with Kyeema and Palladium.
“Before the project started, people used to lose a lot of chickens to Newcastle disease. They tried various remedies but none was particularly effective. The disease came once or twice every year and wiped out most if not all of the chickens. The Rural Poultry Centre in Malawi trained a community based vaccinator, Anna, and a program of vaccination was commenced at Chipasula and surrounding villages.”
In addition, she said she was surprised how effective the program was. And she produces many more chickens because there are fewer deaths. Because of this her family benefits more nutritionally from consumption. They estimated the total number of chickens eaten or sold in their household doubled since the vaccination program began. Additionally, we found out that Anna was their daughter!