The Lao project team is not always busy in the field- from July 21st to the 24th- they were very busy in the classroom!
Together with Dr Bounmy Xaymountry from the Division of Veterinary Services, the Department of Livestock and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, we evaluated 26 of our PAHWs (Primary Animal Health Workers). Sisavath, Chantha and Margot were also part of the evaluation committee and we had worked together on preparing the exam.
The exam was an oral examination and all PAHWs did completed it with success! It included a review of the last sick animal they had seen and review questions on the topics we trained them on previously. We were very impressed with how many small details they remembered- even the number of spoons of salt and sugar to use to prepare oral rehydrating fluids and the exact protection period of the different types of haemorrhagic septicaemia vaccines or the dosages of antibiotics.
Ong, PAHW from Palai, ready for the evaluation:
The next step for them is now to get their certificates, as well as scoring attestations, signboards and even a T-shirt, so that they are completely equipped to promote their work in the village. A small ceremony for this will be held in the beginning of September. Because of their success, we are looking at extending this training to other areas of Laos so that animal health services can reach more farmers.
Somsanook, a PAHW from Sanoudom, in front of the evaluation committee: Dr Bounmy, Chantha and Margot: