Since that time ND control programs using the I-2 ND vaccine have been implemented in a number of provinces and have resulted in increased chicken numbers, increased household purchasing power, increased home consumption of chicken products and increased decision-making power for women.
Experience has shown that a sustainable ND control program is composed of four essential components: an appropriate vaccine and vaccine technology; effective extension materials and methodologies that target NGO, veterinary and extension staff as well as community vaccinators and farmers; simple evaluation and monitoring systems of both technical and socio-economic indicators; and economic sustainability based on the commercialisation of the vaccine and vaccination services and the marketing of surplus chickens and eggs. A range of extension materials were produced by the project to facilitate access to key information for all those involved with ND control activities (from National Directors to farmers).
This component of the European Union-MDG program is closely linked to both the Farmer Field Schools (FFS) and the home gardens component. Participants of both FFS and home gardens (mainly women) are encouraged to improve their poultry raising and consume poultry products (including advice on how to use poultry products for complementary foods of young children). They are informed and provided with the opportunity of having their chicken vaccinated.
The project includes support to increase the production capacity of the I-2 vaccine, including its packaging in smaller vials of 50-100 doses, training of laboratory personnel, modernisation of laboratory equipment and equipment of cold storage facilities at district level.