This is an excellent example of the benefits that livestock vaccines can have on infectious diseases that promote poverty.
Many tropical and sub-tropical animal diseases, such as African swine fever, have no vaccines to protect stock against illness and untimely death. And those livestock vaccines that do exist are often sub-optimal.
Research to improve current livestock vaccines or to develop new ones remains critical to reducing world poverty, hunger and malnutrition. The benefits for poor people, for whom livestock are often the most important household asset, remain as huge as ever.
—Vish Nene, leader of ILRI’s Vaccine Biosciences program
Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and Nick Hurd, international development minister for Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID).
Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and Nick Hurd, international development minister for Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID), argue in the Guardian’s Global Development site this month that the world needs to put science at the heart of development.
The following two of the examples of success that they cite are initiatives of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).
GALVmed: ILRI is a major partner of the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed) that BMGF and DFID support. Through GALVmed, ILRI is helping to give poor livestock-keeping communities in Africa access to a vaccine against the lethal cattle disease known as East Coast fever…
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