SPECIAL
OFFERS

WEEKEND
GETAWAYS

WITH

SERENA

 


THE MOST FROM THE COAST !

..


 Coastweek website


XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Initiative launched to improve access to animal healthcare in Africa  

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- An initiative was launched on Tuesday to improve access to animal healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Last Mile initiative, established by the Germany-headquartered pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim, with support from the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed) and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, seeks to address crucial animal health challenges by creating consistent availability of animal medical resources in hard-to-reach areas.

Enrique Hernandez Pando, Africa country head at Boehringer Ingelheim, said “the initiative targets ruminants, such as sheep, goats and cattle, and will further expand to include poultry.”

Pando said that the program will begin in Kenya and expand to key markets throughout Africa including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria and Tanzania.

He noted that the initiative will help smallholder farmers in Africa who currently have low levels of awareness about animal diseases, to increase their knowledge on disease prevention and treatment.

In order to encourage community participation, Boehringer Ingelheim is aiming to establish groups of qualified animal health technicians who will travel to areas which are difficult or impossible to access through usual distribution networks.

The pharmaceutical company will also support technicians with trainings and awareness, equipping them with appropriate veterinary tools and providing them with data management systems.

Pando said that from a commercial point of view, the LastMile initiative will contribute to generating higher income for small animal holders from healthier and more productive animals.

Peter Jeffries, CEO of GALVmed, said the LastMile will eventually increase the availability of quality veterinary medicines in rural areas and ensure sustainable supply of high quality veterinary products to smallholder farmers.

           

Remember: you read it first at coastweek.com !


Sarova Whitesands Hotel banner | Coastweek

 

TO ADVERTISE ON THIS WEB SITE:  www.coastweek.com
Please contact

MOMBASA - GULSHAN JIVRAJ, Mobile: 0722 775164 Tel: (+254) (41) 2230130 /
Wireless: 020 3549187 e-mail: info@coastweek.com

NAIROBI - ANJUM H. ASODIA, Mobile: 0733 775446 Tel: (+254) (020) 3744459
e-mail: anjum@asodia.co.ke

 
    © Coastweek Newspapers Limited               Tel: (+254) (41) 2230130  |  Wireless: 020 3549187  |  E-mail: info@coastweek.com