Infectious livestock diseases feature prominently among the constraints that impede livestock agriculture. Vaccines can reduce the high rates of livestock mortality and morbidity and are the most effective inventions for disease control, especially in under-resourced agricultural systems.
ILRI’s Vaccine Biosciences group and other partners are building hubs of research excellence that will develop vaccine-based solutions that reduce disease burdens on livestock in developing countries.
ILVAC initially focuses on a set of priority diseases: African swine fever (ASF), contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP), East Coast fever (ECF), peste des petits ruminants (PPR) and Rift Valley fever (RVF).
The creation of a networked vaccine research platform, where generic techniques and processes will be implemented, gives us the ability to tackle other disease constraints. Disease prioritization will require an interplay with other teams working on the socio-economic impact of diseases.