About 80% of poor families in Africa depend on livestock as a key source of livelihood yet 30% of livestock die each year because of diseases outbreaks which claims about $4billion in agriculture income losses each year, mostly from poor farmers who can scarcely afford to lose even a single dollar. Disease outbreaks act just as fire does, creates chaos and wreck havoc on poor farmers. They are also time sensitive and can spread quickly from one farm to another wiping out millions of heads in a matter of hours and days. Providing fast, timely response and alerts to farmers at the time of outbreaks is vital to protect animals and reduce losses. Unfortunately, livestock health care is a neglected issue in Africa. Veterinarians are few and highly uncoordinated resulting in inefficient and delayed service delivery.
Mobile phones are lifelines for Ghanaians. Some 18 million of the nation’s 27 million people have phones, and about 70% of the population use mobile phones to do their everyday banking and conduct other business. If mobile phones could play as big a role in Ghana’s health care as they do in financial transactions, the effects could be profound. As a matter of fact a growing body of research worldwide is showing that beyond the everyday use, mobile phones can improve animal health by connecting farmers with animal health care services for the first time, alerting farmers of disease outbreaks, reminding them to vaccinate their animals and even enabling health workers in remote areas to view, update and manage crucial animal health information.
On-demand access to veterinary doctors on a farmer’s phone. If a farmer’s cow, sheep or goat is sick, he doesn’t want to wait for several days to see for a veterinarian to come. He calls our hotline and send a vet doctor his way within 24 hours or less. We provide access to the national network of over 207 private and public veterinarians across Ghana. But we do more than just send vets to farmers. We also send SMS alerts to our farmers disease outbreaks and offering practical advice to farmers such as what symptoms they should look out for.
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