In late November LEGS held three Learning Events – in Nairobi, Addis Ababa and Harare – to share the findings of the OFDA-funded research project Operational Barriers to Applying LEGS. The research focused on how to support the local veterinary private sector through community-based animal health services (specifically through veterinary voucher schemes) while at the same time ensuring the quality of the veterinary pharmaceutical supply chain. The research team worked alongside three partner projects in Ethiopia, Kenya and Zimbabwe as they implemented veterinary voucher programmes over the last year.
The research methodology was based on quantitative and qualitative tools, including focus group discussions, spot checks of community animal health workers and private veterinary pharmacies, key informant interviews and laboratory analysis of sampled veterinary drugs.
Following the Learning Events, the research report is being finalised and two Briefing Papers are being produced, all of which will be available on the LEGS website in the early New Year.