“Women should be included as relevant stakeholders in the cattle industry in North Eastern Kenya to prevent spread of cattle lung disease”. This is a recommendation that came from a recent study by ILRI to investigate delivery mechanisms that exist for cattle lung disease vaccine scientifically known as contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP) and a comparison between adoption of prevention methods by men and women. The study also established that a dual mechanism of public and private actors exists whereby households that own cattle use paraprofessionals to vaccinate their animals with vaccines that they have purchased as a coping mechanism of the current shortage of veterinarians in the region. However, the study found out that men are willing to pay significantly more money, owing to their comparatively greater control of cattle compared to women. In addition, whereas women appeared to be more knowledgeable about clinical signs of early manifestation of the disease, men knew more about latter stages of the disease. Therefore, bridging the knowledge gap presents an opportunity for preventing the spread of cattle lung disease. Indeed, if women alerted the community when they see early signs of disease, it would lead to quarantine of suspect animals and herds and ring vaccination to un-infected animals ultimately preventing the spread of the disease.
Waithanji, E., Mtimet, N. and Muindi, P. 2015. Delivery of the Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) vaccine in northeastern Kenya. ILRI Discussion paper 31. Nairobi, Kenya: ILRI. 7 September 2015