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Elanco’s Contribution Supports Zambian Communities
In 2008, Elanco provided the Heifer Zambia program with a valuable gift of veterinary kits which have been utilized as part of the Community Animal Healthcare Workers program to support Heifer projects in rural communities.
During a training from June 16-26, 2008, at the Zambia Institute of Animal Health (ZIAH) in Mazabuka, 25 farmers from 10 cattle projects received training in animal husbandry skills. The trained Community Animal Healthcare Workers were provided with a kit donated by Elanco and will go on to serve over 820 families in their respective communities. View a slide show of the training.
Progress Since the Training
Communities have shown support to the CAHWs. The trainees were chosen by their own communities and this has enhanced ownership and sustainability of this initiative. All project members have welcomed them as this has greatly reduced the distance which they previously had to travel to access veterinary services.
CAHWs have offered basic training to their fellow members in livestock production, routine operations and animal health care. This has greatly helped to build local community’s capacities in early detection of animal diseases and reporting.
A drug revolving fund has been established and veterinary medicines are offered on a cost-recovery basis. A 20-25 percent markup is added to enable CAHWs to set up a revolving fund from which they will replenish their stocks. A reliable local drug source has been identified.
Animal health committees have been established. They are led by the trained CAHWs and include project members who oversee the management of the revolving fund. They also work in collaboration with the veterinary department to disseminate animal health messages to project members.
Community-Based Animal Health Services