Programme and background information

Launch details

Likuni Road, Lilongwe, Malawi

View the full launch programme and list of speakers.

Launch programme

13:00 Registration

14:00 Welcoming Remarks from Dr Nkhwachi Gondwe, Acting Director, CTTBD

14:10 Overview of CTTBD from Dr George Chaka, Vaccine Production Manager, CTTBD

14:20 Remarks from farmers’ representative

14:30 Remarks from Peter Jeffries, Chief Executive Officer, GALVmed

14:50 Group photograph

15:00 Tour of the CTTBD facility

15:30 Remarks from Dr Martin Ruheta (Representing the Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Development, United Republic of Tanzania)

15:45 Remarks from Hon Dr Allan Chiyembekeza, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Malawi

16:00 Remarks from Hon. Dr Bright Rwamirama, Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Uganda

16:15 Remarks from Hon. Felix Koskei, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Kenya

16:30 Remarks from H.E Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union

16:45 Official launching of CTTBD by Guest of Honour, the Vice President of the Republic of Malawi, Hon. Saulos Chilima

17:15 Press conference

17:30 Guests depart for the Golden Peacock Hotel

19:00 Dinner

Information on East Coast Fever and the ‘one shot for life’ Muguga Cocktail vaccine

Tick-borne diseases are one of the major constraining factors in the development of the African livestock industry. ECF is the most deadly of the tick-borne diseases as it kills millions of cattle annually. It affects 11 countries in Africa including: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The disease devastates the livelihoods of dairy producers, pastoral livestock herders and small-scale crop and livestock farmers.

The ECF vaccine was originally developed by the International Livestock Research Institute, its predecessor, the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases and the Kenya Agricultural Research institute – now known as the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO). It is now produced by CTTBD.

The vaccine is only one shot per cow and protects the cow from ECF for life. Livestock keepers in East Africa can vaccinate their cows through official regional vaccinators.

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