Here are examples from Algeria,
Niger, and Burkina Fasso
LifeStock engaged with the Merrick and Company to deliver a series of on-line trainings to field, academic, and government veterinarians, on community engagement with smallholders.
During 2021 and 2022, on-line training occurred, in FRENCH, on biosafety, biosecurity, risk assessment, and key transboundary and zoonotic diseases.
At the conclusion of the trainings, all participants were required to design and execute a community engagement training activity, geared to smallholders, to help bring them into the surveillance system, control the worst diseases, and so improve food security and public health.
In Algeria, there is an average of 22 human deaths annually due to rabies.
In Algeria, vaccine coverage for dogs is only 23.7%.
And, there are about 80,000 humans treated for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) for rabies annually.
This project was funded by Department of State Bioengagement Program, through the Merrick Corporation.
The goal of this project, which incorporated both Niger and Burkina Faso, was to train veterinarians and other animal health workers for disseminating information about disease control downstream to small farmers. We delivered a two-day workshop in each country, and all in French. An important aspect of the course was to explain that smallholders had to be trained to report on diseases in their flocks and herds as it was impossible for government veterinarians to see all the animals in their areas.
We produced and distributed two important learning tools to each participant: our LifeStock manual called A Field Manual of Animal Diseases by Syndromes in French, along with a French translation we made of a Facilitators’ Guide for conducting downstream courses.
All of our Field Manuals are published on polymer paper for longevity. The professionals practiced adult learning techniques, and discussed effective methods for disseminating information in a low-literacy setting. At the end of each workshop, participants created plans for downstream training across Niger and Burkina Faso.
This project was funded by the US Agency for International Development through the Livestock Systems Innovation Laboratory located at the University of Florida.