The USAID/OFDA-funded research project Operational Barriers to Applying LEGS is now completed. The research focussed 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.
Two Briefing Papers have been produced, summarising the research findings. The first presents the key findings from the research focusing on voucher schemes: download the LEGS Briefing Paper on the Challenges of Emergency Veterinary Voucher Schemes: Research into Operational Barriers to Applying LEGS
The second paper considers how community-based animal health (CBAH) services that assist livestock owning communities can be better supported by implementing agencies, and draws on the lessons learnt from a LEGS Operational Research project – download the LEGS Briefing Paper on the LEGS Core Standards and Community-Based Animal Health Services
The full research report is also available to download here.
We are grateful to our research team and partners for this interesting project and hope that the results will be of interest and use to stakeholders involved in emergency veterinary response.