Members of the International Rural Poultry Centre of the KYEEMA Foundation have been involved in the program since its inception in 2011 and with KYEEMA support this year have been able to continue expansion activities.
This has been in the form of scoping activities, community liaison, vaccine production technical input and vaccinator training.
In January 2016 a three day workshop was conducted at the National Veterinary Vaccine Institute to provide technical support for local production on the thermotolerant I-2 vaccine. Mr. Amilcar da Silva (Mozambique), Master Trainer of the I-2 ND vaccine based at the Directorate of Animal Sciences (DCA) in Maputo, was contracted to lead this workshop. In February 2016 a “training of trainers” workshop by Dr Julia De Bruyn (Australia) was led for those who will go on to conduct village based workshops for community vaccinators was also held.
The first vaccination campaign took place in the Makira Protected Area in April 2016and work continues with producing I-2 vaccination, establishing distribution procedures, training vaccinators and raising community awareness of the potential for ND control through vaccination.