The University of Florida International Center has been awarded $1.177 million from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to implement a research project titled “Advancing women’s participation in livestock vaccine value chains in Nepal, Senegal, and Uganda.” The primary goal is to increase livestock vaccination uptake by women, using a gendered intersectional transformative approach. This approach not only takes gender into consideration, but also considers age, race, caste, ethnicity, religion and livelihood. The funding comes through the Livestock Vaccine Innovation Fund, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Affairs Canada, and IDRC.
Over three years, the project will examine gendered roles and relations in selected vaccine distribution chains for diseases that affect women-owned or managed small ruminants and poultry. A gender and intersectional mapping methodology will be developed for small ruminant and poultry vaccine distribution chains as well as a multi-country analysis to assess the impacts and barriers of gender and intersectionality on women’s entry and effective participation in the vaccine distribution chain.
Led by Dr. Sandra Russo, the director of the Office for Global Research Engagement at UFIC, the UF research team includes Dr. Nargiza Ludgate, Dr. Sarah McKune of the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions’ Department of Environmental and Global Health and the Center for African Studies, Dr. Renata Serra, Dr. Kathleen Colverson and Daniel Acosta.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 23