Almost 3,000 chickens in 10 villages around Mbuji-Mayi have been vaccinated as part of our new village poultry project aimed at controlling Newcastle disease, which remains a major constraint to poultry production worldwide.
The project is delivered in partnership with Kyeema Foundation and Partners in International Collaborative Community Aid (PiCCA), and provides vaccination training and distribution for community members.
Dr Theodore Mwabi (at computer) in training session with the 4 vaccinators (2 women) and 3 supervisors (1 woman) on the project. Village leaders were also present.
Chickens represent an important source of income and food for the locals. The economy is underdeveloped and majority of households are living in poverty, with even educated and skilled people having limited ways of earning an income or finding a job.
Respected veterinarian and project volunteer consultant, Dr Theodore Mwabi, shared his extensive expertise during a well-attended session for training local vaccinators and supervisors in mid-August. this was followed by the first vaccine campaign in 10 villages around Mbuji-Mayi.
Margo Kamuanya, Charon Beya, Corneille Mukeba and Marcel Mukunayi Lumbayi Ntita, the four vaccinators trained in the project, have received bicycles on loan as part of the project. This is an important business tool as it allows them to cover more distance in a morning and vaccinate more chickens in more households.
There was a lot of interest in the vaccination with many people in outlying villages also wanting to know how they could get involved. With this level of interest, our goal is to increase numbers in following vaccination campaigns throughout the year.
Vaccinators at work
The next stage will look at working with the community vaccinators to set up a viable small business; vaccinating chickens and acting as resident village poultry health experts in their community.
Thank you to our partners, Kyeema and PiCCA, with their support we are making a real difference in the lives of community members in the Mbuji-Mayi region.