Zoetis today reported on progress during the five years of its African Livestock Productivity and Health Advancement (A.L.P.H.A.) initiative to establish sustainable veterinary care including access to vaccines, medicines, and diagnostic services in Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-funded the initiative and concludes its five years of progress by improving livestock health, productivity, and farmers’ livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“The A.L.P.H.A. initiative has helped veterinarians enhance their technical knowledge while supporting farmers to improve productivity and make the sector more sustainable. Farmers in the region now embrace better farming practices and are improving their profitability, income, and quality of life,” said Olutoyin Catherine Adetuberu, DVM, President of the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA), who presented her experience on the impacts of the initiative in Nigeria at the anniversary event in Brussels.
Foundation for enhanced veterinary care
“Animal health is extremely important in contributing to sustainable economic development goals and business opportunities in Africa,” said Glenn David, Executive Vice President and Group President at Zoetis. “Farming and animal agriculture are major forms of livelihood for people in Sub-Saharan Africa. By improving access to critical veterinary products and services, and supporting infrastructure for quality animal healthcare, we can make a positive long-term impact.”
“We have seen first-hand the impacts of improving animal health in Sub-Saharan Africa and partnering with local institutions to develop veterinary education and sustainable livestock productivity solutions,” said Mike McFarland, DVM and Chief Medical Officer at Zoetis. “Looking ahead, we are taking steps to ensure we can continue to support veterinary education and training, and build the infrastructure needed to help veterinarians and farmers continue to improve the health and productivity of their livestock and livelihoods.”
Sustainable development achievements in five years
The A.L.P.H.A. initiative is helping Zoetis meet its aspirations to grow veterinary care in emerging markets under its Driven to Care long-term sustainability goals, which build on the company’s purpose to nurture the world by advancing care for animals.
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