Likuni Road, Lilongwe, Malawi
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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
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.