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Pro-poor vaccine-based control of East Coast fever. Validated RNRRS Output.

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Focus Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa
Focus Topic:
Health & Diseases
Type of Risk:
Biological & environmental
Type of Risk Managment Option:
Risk coping

This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID’s 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project titles: R8208: Decision support for risk management strategies of tick-borne diseases within sustainable pastoral systems and R8042: Integrated control of East Coast Fever constraining livelihoods of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.

In Central and East Africa, work is ongoing to give producers access to effective vaccines that will protect their cattle against the devastating disease East Coast Fever. This could greatly improve the lives of poor livestock keepers, as East Coast fever is responsible for about half of all calf deaths in pastoral and agro-pastoral production systems in these areas. One thrust of these efforts is the
promotion of the infection and treatment method (ITM), which has already been shown to be effective but which has not been widely taken up for a variety of reasons. Other efforts are concentrating on the development of next-generation vaccines that are safer, costs less, and are easier to transport.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts on Poverty, Environmental
Impact. Attached PDF (12 pp.) taken from the CD.