An overview of the village poultry project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
Over the past year, our partners on the ground from the AusCongo Network (ACN) have been busy working to improve the health and production of village poultry for better livelihoods in Mbuji Mayi in the Kaisai-Oriental province of the DRC. Two more vaccination campaigns in December 2018 and April 2019 have taken place since the first campaign in August 2018.
The April 2019 campaign was executed in 15 villages (220 households), thanks to the continued hard work of ACN Lead Supervisor, Jean Calvin Tshibuabua, who mobilised the activity on the ground with 6 vaccinators (2 additional trained for this campaign) and 3 supervisors.
The vaccinators are content with the business opportunity that vaccination presents for them thus far, despite some villagers being unable to pay for the vaccine with money. For now, they are accepting chicks as payment by some community members, with the confidence that as household flocks grow and improved household incomes follow, more farmers will be able to pay for the vaccination of their chickens with cash, allowing a more viable business venture.
Though the project is coming to an end in 2019, we are working with the ACN, volunteer trainer Dr Theodore Mwabi and the donor PiCCA to see how we can continue to support the sustainability of the activity for the local ACN community and business centre. The main challenges are sourcing reliable and affordable transport and storage options for the vaccine, which is produced at the National Veterinary Laboratory in Kinshasa, some 1350 km away.
All in a day’s work for the team during vaccination campaigns in the Tshikuyi village!
Thanks to our fellow Brisbane based partner AusCongo Network for collaborating with KYEEMA on this project.