New blood test developed to tackle major livestock disease in Africa
The University of Dundee and the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines(GALVmed) have partnered to develop a simple and effective device that tests for a cattle disease that is endemic in 40 African countries and accounts for up to 50 percent loss in milk and meat production on the continent.
The device, less than 3 inches long and similar in format to a pregnancy test, can identify within 30 minutes whether or not an animal is infected with the parasite Trypanosoma vivax from a single drop of blood. The simple device does not require electricity or any additional equipment, factors that are essential for deployment in resource-limited settings.
GALVmed holds Veterinary Services Policy Sensitisation Workshop in Kenya
GALVmed, in partnership with the Kenya Veterinary Board (KVB), held a workshop under the theme of "Improving Animal Health Service Delivery in a Devolved System". The workshop was attended by 75 participants who included all the 47 Country Directors of Veterinary Services, development partners and representatives from veterinary professional and paraprofessional associations. The workshop sought to address the interface between legislation and practice in the delivery of animal health services particularly regarding the involvement of Veterinary Paraprofessionals, other service providers and creating an enabling environment for involvement of the private sector in veterinary services delivery.