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Experience and scaling up ecf immunization delivery in Tanzania


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Presented by Nderingo Ngowi at the Workshop on Scaling up the Delivery of ITM in Tanzania through Facilitation of the ITM Value Chain, Bagamoyo, 28-29 September 2015

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Experience and scaling up ecf immunization delivery in Tanzania

  1. 1. EXPERIENCE AND SCALING UP ECF IMMUNIZATION DELIVERY IN TANZANIA Oceanic Bay Hotel, Bagamoyo. September 29, 2015 By Alpha Veterinary Services
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION • Alpha Veterinary Services (AVS) was established in 1996 in Arusha. • Core roles – Sale of animal health products and equipment – Diagnosis and treatment of sick animals – Vaccination work in livestock – Establish and delivery of artificial insemination services – Establishment and delivery of ECF immunization services – Receiving local and international students and support them in field practical attachments – Attach livestock field staff to dairy farms in USA
  3. 3. VACCINE SOURCES • Worked with – ITTBD Control project – VETAGRO – RONHEAM
  4. 4. ECF IMMUNIZATION EXPERIENCE • Immunizing cattle for 16 years • First immunization started in December, 1998 in Arusha municipality and Arumeru district • Districts covered: Arusha, Arumeru, Kilosa, Moshi, Hai, Monduli, Simanjiro, Ngorongoro, Karatu, Rombo and Longido. • Strategy – Awareness creation in ECF problematic areas – Need to address the – Herd health programs whereby some farms and ranches were recruited into the program – Writing sound proposal for mass ECF immunization in pastoral areas through funded projects from various NGOs, parastotals and other government institutions
  5. 5. EXPERINCE Cont…. • Projects implemented in pastoral areas/districts – Oxfarm GB in Ngorongoro district – Vetaid UK Tanzania branch in Simanjiro district – Ngorongoro Pastoralist Project (ERETO) in Ngorongoro – World Vision Tanzania in Longido district – Ilramatak project in Simanjiro district – Heifer project International Tanzania branch
  6. 6. Other non project programs • Individual farmers and farms were sensitized and serviced. – Tanganyika Plantation Company (TPC) for sugar production in Moshi – Dairy farmers around Mount Meru, Hai, Moshi and Rombo – Maasai communities in Monduli, Longido, Ngorongoro, Simanjiro and in Kilosa Morogoro region – Prison farms in Arusha – West Kilimanjaro Dairy Farms – Manyara ranch
  7. 7. CHALLENGES • Challenges: – Difficult in retaining staff – Trust and failure to see the bigger picture – Timely availability of vaccine, liquid nitrogen and Containers – Farmers mind set (irrational/rational, – free services vs market prices – Awareness creatioin naïve areas is expensive (demonstration, media, meetings)
  8. 8. LESSON LEARNT • Awareness creation can make a good uptake of ITM • Need to assist farmers to see advantages of the vaccine • Farmers sales if sure calves survives • ITM is good business
  9. 9. NEW STRATEGY • Improve geographical coverage • Partnership with other veterinarians in other zones of Tanzania • Registered new animal health delivery company known as Pharmavacs Ltd. • Establishment of cold chain facilities in various zones • Carry out baseline studies in new zone • Combine ECF immunization with other necessary animal health products such as PPR/SGP vaccines delivery, AI services, Newcastle disease control in agro- pastoral areas of lake zones
  10. 10. NEW STRATEGY Cont…. • Application for Local Technical Representation (LTR) for various pharmaceutical companies • Build partnership with local sub distributors in various districts • Build capacity of local sub distributors • Ensure ethical conduct and every partner along the supply chain is earning a convincing margin to make the business commercial viable and sustainable