In May 2015, PAHWs and village chiefs from Houychiem community gathered together with staff from the Faculty of Agriculture and from Vets without Borders to plan the next Hemorrhagic septicemia vaccination campaign for cattle and buffalo. Hemorrhagic septicemia is a fast evolving fatal disease that occurs mainly during the rainy season; it can kill more than 50% of cattle and buffalo population and it is very difficult to treat and is best prevented through vaccination.
Village chiefs have been involved in announcing and promoting the usefulness of the campaign, while PAHWs were responsible for counting the animals whose owners were willing to vaccinate, supplying the material and vaccines from the Rural drug vendors and delivering the campaign.
During the actual campaign, which lasted several days in each village throughout June, farmers were charged 6000 kips (less than $1) per head for the vaccination. PAHWs were recording the number of animals vaccinated, as well as the total animal population in the village so that we can assess the vaccination coverage (we are aiming for 70%). They were also giving out certificates to farmers to remind them to vaccinate again next year. Teachers from the faculty visited each village to make sure everything was going according to plan. Some vet students were also asked to participate to help PAHWs restrain animals, since very seldom farmers have crutches in their farm.By involving the village authorities in the organization of the campaign, we hope that PAHWs and village chiefs can work together next year to offer the same service to farmers.