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Community-based animal healthcare, participation, and policy: where are we now? (PLA 45)

Looking at the five most common arguments against the use of community-based animal health workers, the authors reveal the advantages of a community-based system, a basic cost-effective programme of livestock care and management, and how, in their view, the benefits of such a system outweigh any cost.

This article was published in PLA 45: Community-based animal healthcare. This special issue looks at community-based animal health workers (CAHW) and the important role they have played, and could play in the future, in maintaining and improving livestock health in rural areas. Drawing on the experiences of various grassroots programmes across Africa and Asia, this collection of papers address many of the factors that hinder the use of CAHWs, like the lack of recognition within governments and problems with complex disease management, while also detailing the many advantages, like unparalleled access to communities and short training periods in comparison to formally trained veterinary doctors.

Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory learning and action approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board. See: www.planotes.org.

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  • IIED code: G02015
  • Published: Oct 2002 - IIED
  • Theme: Participation
  • Source pub: PLA Notes 45 Community-based animal healthcare
  • Language: English

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