Expert Group Meeting Initiates Development of Intervention Package for PERIMILK Study

With the baseline survey completed in all five sites, planning for the intervention phase has been initiated. This would be carried out in the three cities of Ludhiana, Bangluru and Guwahati. The findings from the PERIMILK study will guide the intervention phase in developing best practices that serve as sustainable and locally relevant alternatives to reduce the risk of zoonotic diseases and antibiotic use in small holder dairy farms.

Recognising the need for an in-depth understanding of best practices in relation to livestock at human-animal-environment interface, PHFI/RCZI brought together experts from these domains on 7th April 2016 to plan the development and designing of a training package for the intervention phase of the PERIMILK study.

The training package will include best practices in relation to clean milk production, specific training related to zoonoses and antibiotic use together with site specific interventions based on the PERIMILK study findings. The first meeting concluded with finalisation of broad content of the training package and identification of key roles that the experts would play during the development and roll-out of the training package.

The group will reconvene on 10th May in New Delhi to finalise the content for the training manual for the trainers and finalise the training tools that will be developed for the intervention phase with the dairy milk farmers. The experts want these to conform to international standards and yet be locally relevant. The final produces will be translated in local languages and modified to suit their socio-cultural contexts to ensure that messages are understood and retained, leading to healthy farm practices.

The meeting was held at PHFI and the experts included Dr NS Karabasanavar, Assistant Professor, Dept of Veterinary Public Health & Epidemiology, Karnataka Veterinary, Animal & Fisheries Sciences University; Dr HK Sharma, Assistant Professor, Veterinary Public Health & Epidemiology, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Jammu; Dr RK Aggarwal, Head Division of Bacteriology & Mycology, IVRI, Bareilly, Dr S Ghatak, Senior Scientist, Division of Animal Health, ICAR, Research Complex for Northeastern Hill Region, Meghalaya and Dr Sanjay Chaturvedi, Professor & Head, Dept of Community Medicine, UCMS, Delhi

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