Project teams in Laos have been very busy with the Animal Health Monitoring project and the Insect Farming project. Recently, our vet Margot conducting a refresher training for Animal Health Monitoring for several local veterinary students. Several teams of about 5 students participated in a quiz that focused on clinical examination and infectious diseases in large animals. The first team who had the answer would stand and give their answer, in case it was wrong the second team who stood would have a chance to give their answer. With the right answer they would get 1 point, we had around 40 questions. Extra explanations were given if the students’ answers were not clear.
Students were motivated through the whole session, and we rewarded the first three teams, with packs of sweets or chocolatethat they carefully and evenly shared between the members of the team. Next up will be a learning course for 3rd year vet students on basic epidemiology and the big rabies vaccination campaign next week!
The Cricket Farming project held an event that included the visit of 25 exchange master students from Thailand, Vietnam and Laos with a background in public health. The exchange program was organized by the University of Health Sciences, Vientiane. Our cricket farmers participated to link the topics of health and nutrition with crickets as a nutritious source of food. The students were accompanied by Aj. Vasana form the UHS, and a lecturer from Thailand. Prior to the visit, our project manager, Thomas, briefed them at the faculty about the background and the rationale of cricket farming from food and nutrition security perspective. They then met the cricket farmers at their community house, where the students asked questions. After this, the students visited several households to have a look at their cricket farms. During the visit the students were very interested and asked many questions with regard to cricket rearing techniques, income generation, consumption habits, food processing etc. The farmers were happy that the students showed that much interest in their activity. Moreover, many of the students bought frozen and alive crickets from the farmers – one participant even sold all her crickets.
During the visit, we also gave posters to the participants with photos that documented the project progress and activities. The participants received 2 big posters for their community house, and a set of small posters for their home.