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WAAPP Makes Progress in Vaccine Production

With financial support from WAAPP, the Veterinary Services Directorate (VSD) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has produced a total of 34 million doses of high quality NDI-2 vaccine for the control of Newcastle disease in poultry in Ghana as well as in other African countries. So far, 22,863,000 doses of the vaccine have been distributed for internal use in all regions of the country whilst the Niger Republic and The Gambia received 3,840,000 and 700,000 doses respectively. 

Statistics available to the Project Coordination Unit (PCU) of the project, indicate that a total of 5,748,805 birds of various village poultry species have been vaccinated with the vaccine representing 30 per cent coverage of the total 19 million birds in the country.

The expected coverage of vaccination by the end of the project in 2017 is 65 per cent.

The statistics also showed that the total number of beneficiaries in Ghana, Niger and The Gambia is 78,386 made up of 32,144 men and 46,242 women.

Currently, socio-economic impact studies on the control of Newcastle disease is being conducted by the Veterinary Services Directorate to determine the increase in the number of households birds, changes in the levels of household incomes and food, and nutritional security of families.

Useful Information

The WAAPP Coordination Unit in Ghana is the Projects Division of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) whilst the implementing agency is the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The structures put in place to govern and manage the WAAPP in Ghana are the National Steering Committee as well as the NCOS Management Committee and the Competitive Agricultural Research Grant Scheme (CARGS) Board as the Implementing agency.