Smile Again Africa Development Organization (SAADO) with support from United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) has trained 94 Community Health Workers in Jonglei and Central Equatoria States as part of its Animal Vaccination and Treatment program.
The CAHWs have been trained in basic veterinary practices to assist SAADO veterinary specialists in vaccinating healthy animals and treating the sick ones in an effort to prevent and control common diseases in the two regions.
Forty-seven CAHWs were trained in Jonglei and fifty in Central equatorial state.
The training aimed at improving food security and nutritional status of vulnerable households by reducing the risk of animals getting sick, that way, making them more highly beneficial in terms of food security, particularly milk and meat production.
It was also conducted to increase the number of local veterinary practitioners on ground in the two states to rapidly respond to the vast livestock health concerns in Jonglei and Central Equatoria states.
Jonglei and Central Equatoria states were selected for the program because they are rich with huge numbers of livestock, and yet the animals are highly vulnerable to disease infestations due high levels of parasite infestation within the two regions are experiencing, especially brown ticks.
The trainings in both Jonglei and Terekeka were carried out in close coordination with the local authorities, right from the grassroots communities’ leadership to the state level.
The trained CAHWs have been deployed to their respective areas equipped with veterinary drug kits, vaccines and safety gears.
The Animal Vaccination and Treatment program is a six-month, initiated in December last year and due to end in April.
By February this year, SAADO vaccinated and treated more than 100,000 thousand heads of cattle both in Jonglei and Central Equatoria.
SAADO is targeting more than 10,000 households with the animal vaccination and treatment program; it aims to vaccinate and treat over 200,000 heads of cattle Jonglei and Central Eqautoria states by April.