Poultry International - November 2017 - 24
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HOW THAILAND IS FIGHTING POULTRY DISEASE WITH TECHNOLOGY
Asia to drive 40% of world poultry
The feedback from volunteers has been positive.
Volunteers have reported that, previously, some farmers
felt there was little value in reporting a disease outbreak
as there was never a response. Now, not only is there a
response, but it comes quickly. Additionally, people are
talking about disease, and this has heightened engagement
in unexpected ways, with some villagers asking to learn
how to vaccinate animals while others have built quarantine
At launch, in 2015, the network relied on just 300
trained volunteers. Last year, 4,000 public health volunteers
asked to be added to the PODD volunteer roster.
2016 saw ownership of PODD transferred to the government and a further grant from Skoll to help support and
expand the PODD volunteer program and develop a "trainthe-trainer" model.
This additional funding will help to expand the PODD
program from covering 600,000 people in Chiang Mai to
all of the province's residents and in to two more provinces.
The Thai government is looking to implement the system
further still, initially expanding into 10-15 provinces, before
taking it nationwide, should funding become available.
The PODD app was built with open source code, meaning that it can adopted wherever it may be needed, and it
can be adapted. In Chiang Mai, fraudulent medicine sales,
among other concerns, are also being reported. ■