Adventures of Neddy: A community animal health worker helps a village manage Newcastle disease

    | September 23, 2013

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    As this week’s story from Kenya mentions, chickens are easy to keep because they can graze freely on readily available foods. Also, chickens reproduce easily. But chickens are susceptible to a major disease which has no cure: Newcastle disease.

    Though Newcastle disease has no cure, there is an effective vaccine. Many farmers fail to regularly vaccinate their chickens. This may be due to a lack of knowledge, or it may be because the vaccine is expensive. Often, the drug is sold in large bottles for the treatment of several hundred chickens. This is very expensive for farmers with only a few chickens. And that is why community vaccination by community animal health workers is a great idea.

    This script is a mini-drama which highlights the need to vaccinate chickens against Newcastle disease, and shows the benefits of having a community animal health worker in your area. Two ways to use this script are by simply adapting the drama for your audience, or by using it as inspiration to produce your own mini-drama on livestock diseases in your area.