Improving livestock health in Eastern Sudan

The problem

Migratory pastoralists produce much of Sudan’s food supply, with 15 million animals kept in the region. The prevalence of infectious diseases and poor veterinary services in rural areas contribute to low productivity, food insecurity and low profits for small holders.

Using a range of methods, this project will help improve animal health, reduce losses from disease, and improve nutrition leading to healthier animals and increased profits for farmers. 

What we’re doing to help

Objective:  Improving the livelihoods of rural smallholders by increasing the production and trade of livestock through better animal health

Improving livestock health in Eastern Sudan

Location:  Gedaref, Kassala and Red Sea in Eastern Sudan
Number of beneficiaries: 427,000 vulnerable households including 108,000 women.
Project date: January 2015 - December 2017
Partners: State ministries in the three beneficiary states
Principal funders: European Union
Funding: £2.8 million

Strengthening local state technical capacity to collect accurate, up-to-date knowledge about the epidemiological status of important infectious animal diseases in order to:

  • Improve disease control systems
  • Improve control of cross-border livestock movements
  • Improving the diagnostic capacity of state veterinary laboratories and quarantine facilities for early recognition of trade-relevant animal diseases
  • Ensure rapid and effective communication of laboratory results

Improving the awareness and skills of rural livestock producers on animal health, production and trade by:

  • Training veterinarians, animal health workers and community organistions on disease control Developing  communication and information systems for animal health management, production and trade.

Project updates

In Gedaref

  • Six caravans equipped with essential tools and equipment to act as veterinary check points for purpose of prevention and control of diseases have been installed close to state and national borders.
  • Extension meetings have been held with different animal resources providers such as small herders, women’s pastoralist committees, slaughterhouse workers, etc.) to inform them about animal health best practice.
  • Two live drama shows were conducted in livestock markets in Mafaza and Gedarif by the Galagsalt drama group.  This is an easy and attractive way of delivering the messages of the projects.
  • Training courses for veterinarians were held on Geographical Information System (GIS) and its application in disease prevention and control, disease mapping, and reporting.

In Red Sea: port Sudan

  • Four caravans to be used as veterinarian check points were installed in Toker, Drodaib and Haya and Agig
  • Maintenance work on diagnosis units are diagnoses units completed  in Tokar, Port Sudan and Alawleib and Algonob
  • A radio programme was transmitted on milk hygiene, targeting the communities in various places where extensionists are rarely present

Women raising healthier livestock

Fathia lives in Klana-Aiarb village in Port Sudan. There are 150 households and each has camels, goats and sheep which they milk and earn an income from selling the milk and making yoghurt. Fathia’s community is extremely conservative.  Women do not show their faces and are ofte...

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Updates from LESP

Spreading the message on animal health

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Veterinary checkpoints in Kassala

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New animal vaccination and inspection facilities in Kassala

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