Community participation and the global eradication of rinderpest (PLA 45)

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Published: October 2002
Participatory Learning and Action
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Participatory Learning and Action issue 45: Community-based animal healthcare

Despite widespread success globally to eradicate rinderpest in cattle, the programme stalled in East Africa due to problems with access and cattle-herd distributions. This paper follows a change in tack, moving from a top-down method to a more grassroots approach using CAHWs, and the problems and successes this had.

This article was published in PLA 45: Community-based animal healthcare. This special issue looks at community-based animal health workers (CAHW) and the important role they have played, and could play in the future, in maintaining and improving livestock health in rural areas. Drawing on the experiences of various grassroots programmes across Africa and Asia, this collection of papers address many of the factors that hinder the use of CAHWs, like the lack of recognition within governments and problems with complex disease management, while also detailing the many advantages, like unparalleled access to communities and short training periods in comparison to formally trained veterinary doctors.

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Mariner, J., Roeder, P. and Admassu, B. (2002). Community participation and the global eradication of rinderpest (PLA 45). .
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