Theme: Epidemiology and Socio-Economic context of PPR in Nigerian smallholder livestock communities
Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) is a disease of huge economic importance to the livelihoods of smallholder livestock farmers in Nigeria. PPR affects small ruminants’ populations, mainly sheep and goats. The annual global loss due to PPR is estimated to be between $1.4 and $2.1 billion in Nigeria. The impact is often seen in the resulting poverty inflicted on once wealthy families as an entire large flock can be wiped out by the disease. Disease mitigation efforts in Nigeria have been limited by low technological inputs, weak animal health services and poor availability of disease surveillance infrastructure, vaccines, and research data. The webinar is designed as an Experience-sharing platform to shed more light on the prevailing PPR situation in communities and states where these academic institutions are located, the PPR related research activities of these institutions, and their efforts in raising awareness about PPR and its effects in their respective communities. We like to understand their findings on the nature of the disease outbreaks and the mitigation strategies they have developed.