Project Highlights: Revitalization of the Marial Lou Livestock Training Institute and Support for Vulnerable Herders in South Sudan – South Sudan

Objective:

Support the revitalization and capacity building of the Marial Lou Livestock Training Institute (MLLTI) as a center of excellence to facilitate sustainable operations, access to basic laboratory diagnostic services and training of mid-level paravets to improve access to community care animal health and production extension services in South Sudan.

Key partners:

Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries.

Beneficiaries reached:

6,713 households and 1,133 people through training and dialogue meetings.

Activities implemented:

  • Rehabilitation of existing MLLTI infrastructure and construction of a miniature laboratory diagnostic facility.
  • Purchased and donated three laptops and three motorbikes for use by MLLTI staff to support outreach programs, and four solar-powered refrigerators to store vaccines.
  • Conducted refresher training on paravet training methodologies for nine MLLTI teaching staff in preparation for subsequent trainings for paravets.
  • Review and validation of MLLTI training curricula for paravets, particularly animal health auxiliaries and livestock extension service providers, incorporating modules on peacebuilding, gender sensitivity, disaster mitigation conflicts, water and sanitation (in cattle camps), One Health approach, animal welfare, among others; and held a one-day validation workshop on the updated draft curriculum, held at the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries in Juba.
  • Construction of two demonstration farms at MLLTI for practical training in sheep and goat production.
  • Training of 55 community animal health workers (CAHWs), including four women, from Tonj East and Tonj North counties on the basics of animal health (including vaccinations and treatment) and animal husbandry, following whereupon they received a veterinary treatment kit consisting of basic foods, medicines, equipment and supplies (including dewormers, acaricides, antibiotics, drugs for the treatment of trypanosomiasis, syringes, needles, gloves and ACSA clothing).
  • Vaccination of 433,060 animals (365,038 cattle, 40,039 goats, 22,773 sheep, 4,954 poultry and 256 dogs) against priority livestock diseases, including anthrax, blackleg, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, contagious caprine pleuropneumonia , foot-and-mouth disease, haemorrhagic diseases sepsis, peste des petits ruminants and sheep and goat pox, benefiting 4,511 households (including 667 headed by women).
  • Treatment and deworming of 39,310 animals (16,704 cattle, 11,164 goats, 8,660 sheep, 2,739 poultry, 38 dogs and five donkeys) against internal and external parasites, benefiting 2,202 households (including 378 headed by women ).
  • Mobilization of 30 chiefs from the Marial Lou, Ngabagok and Romic payams for a three-day discussion at the MLLTI and development of recommendations for peacebuilding activities.
  • Holding of eight dialogue meetings in the payams of Malual-chum, Marial Lou, Ngabagok and Romic. Four meetings were conducted with 255 community leaders (including 14 women) in each payam, followed by a joint meeting with all community leaders in Marial Lou; Topics covered included how to encourage communities to coexist peacefully. The remaining four meetings were conducted with 784 youth (including 204 women) from different cattle camps in each payam; Topics covered included peaceful dialogue and coexistence between communities.

Impact:

  • Enabled the resumption of trainings for paraveterinarians, improved access to animal health services for hard-to-reach communities, and helped protect the employment of MLLTI staff and the livelihoods of agro-pastoralist communities through revitalization of the MLLTI.
  • Contributed to improved livestock service delivery through the provision of essential means of transport (motorbikes) and solar powered refrigerators as well as training of CAHWs.
  • Contributed to the promotion of food security through the creation of a miniature laboratory and improved nutrition through increased consumption of animal protein, through improved animal production and health livestock through the provision of livestock services.
  • Successfully supported peaceful interaction between communities in Tonj North and Tonj East counties through meetings with chiefs, community leaders and youth groups.
  • Enabled young people to embrace peace and avoid conflict, which led to the creation of four sports groups (with designated focal points) as a way to engage in social activities.
  • Contributed to national efforts to improve animal production, reduce the occurrence of livestock diseases and avoid livestock-related conflicts.

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