About The LIDISKI Project
Diseases are mitigated by setting up and maintaining surveillance and control systems. However, many countries, including Nigeria, need technological inputs, improved animal health services, and better disease surveillance infrastructure, vaccines production systems, and research data.
To tackle these issues, the EU funded a new project called LIDISKI. This project aims to Integrate Knowledge collected from actors in the animal health sector to provide tools and know-how to implement sustainable Surveillance and control strategies against Livestock Diseases. Actors to be involved closely in this project include members of Communities Animal Health Workers (CAHWs), veterinary services and their commanding ministries, the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), field veterinarian, herders, poultry owners, and private livestock businesses.
The project focuses on two of the most impacting diseases in Nigeria:
Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR)
Newcastle Disease (ND)
The whole methodology of the project is based on two central tenets:
- Local actors need to gain competency and benefit from new tools to maintain sustainable surveillance and control of diseases.
- Participatory approaches, integrating local culture and knowledge and socio-economic context are fundamental to engage communities and ensure success of surveillance and control strategies.
In Nigeria, many livestock owners prioritize animal health and are ready to pay for vaccination, and therefore there is a high demand for animal health services. This demand provides an opportunity for local revenues and private businesses associated to animal health activities, and ways to sustainable surveillance and control activities.
Based on this, the project is developed in four actions:
By training of dedicated actors in recognition of disease symptoms, and in collection and storage of samples and data necessary to follow and control the disease.
Increasing vaccine production and improve vaccine delivery (notably installing solar panels), with an informed business value-chain.
Increasing activities of field actors (field veterinarians, CAHWs, herders and poultry owners) in vaccination and diseases reporting.
By communication and awareness campaigns.
Diagnostic reports will be produced and communicated to relevant field actors.