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UNIVERSITY OF GHANA

Researchers at the University of Ghana assessed the efficacy of a ND vaccine known to be avirulent, fast spreading and heat-stable (V4) that could be used to protect free-roaming village chickens under conditions of no cold-chain. Based on unsatisfactory results another vaccine of similar attributes, I2, was tested and found to successfully protect local chickens in a village during a ND outbreak. The NDI2 vaccine is now produced locally for application in local chicken.

 Prior to the outbreaks of Avian Influenza in Ghana, Dr. Aning coordinated workshops funded by USAID for training local veterinary and poultry field staff and some West African Directors of Veterinary Services in Avian Influenza prevention and control strategies (2007-2008). He was also involved in country studies of the poultry sector and pro-poor Avian Influenza strategies sponsored by FAO and DFID, UK, respectively.

Dr. Kayang successfully led a Ghanaian team of researchers at UG in a DURAS (French Government) sponsored sub-regional project comprising Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, with collaborative support from France, to characterize local chickens in the West African sub-region (2005-2007). This study produced one PhD student. In an IFAD sponsored project, Dr. Naazie identified problems affecting production of guinea fowls in the Upper East region of Ghana (2002).

 

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