Vaccination programs and vaccines are critical for controlling infectious disease outbreaks. Poverty and a lack of food are already making life tough for residents in Congo’s communities. The best they have are their chicken flocks and poultry farms, which help to compensate for the food insecurity in their areas. Furthermore, unvaccinated hens can infect people, producing a variety of deadly illnesses that can finally lead to death. As a result, AusCongo Network, with the aid of the Kyeema Foundation and PiCCA, has successfully vaccinated over 13,300 hens in 15 Congolese communities and plans to do so again.
Due to a lack of vaccination programs in poultry farms, chicken utilized by the Congolese populace was causing different infectious illnesses in not only their own flocks but also in humans who consumed them or not. Diarrhea, cholera, food poisoning, and a variety of stomach and intestinal problems are among these disorders. In addition, chickens and eggs are the primary sources of protein for people, particularly in locations when food is scarce. Many individuals have died as a result of these recurring infectious ailments since many are unable to eat owing to the infections, as well as a lack of adequate treatment and hospitals in those communities.
The only strategy to protect poultry farms and village residents from these contagious illnesses is to vaccinate these chicks appropriately. As a result, with the aid of the Kyeema Foundation and PiCCA, this initiative has established adequate chicken vaccination camps in 15 Congolese communities and has already vaccinated 13,300 birds, making it much simpler for people to consume chicken in any form.