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Animal Health Workers in Andhra Pradesh: Service Delivery, Supplies, Support & Supervision

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    Minor Veterinary Services in Andhra Pradesh: Stakeholder Consultations & Expert Group Deliberations
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    2005
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    In the recent development literature, there is an increasing recognition of the immense potential of the livestock sector in enhancing the income of the poor. Livestock distribution is more equitable than land distribution. Thus, the livestock sector provides a natural entry point for poverty alleviation programs. A major issue affecting the livestock economy, however, is the effective delivery of livestock services. Ongoing studies in Andhra Pradesh, initiated by CALPI and PPLPI, have identifie d the increasingly important role of para-veterinarians in livestock service delivery. Despite the importance of the service performed by the para-veterinarians, there are severe concerns about the quality of the latter. It was frequently alleged that the paraveterinarians often go beyond their brief and perform services that they are not equipped or trained for. This not only holds true for Andhra Pradesh. A review of the international literature on the performance of para-veterinarians highlig hts similar trends. It is, therefore, important that a strong monitoring and regulating systems be in place to ‘optimize’ the contribution of paraveterinarians to the animal health system.
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    Livestock Service Delivery in Andhra Pradesh: Veterinarians’ Perspective
    Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Initiative: A Living from Livestock
    2005
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    Andhra Pradesh has a strong, well qualified, committed and forward looking State Animal Husbandry Department (AHD). The state has a large network of veterinary infrastructure (veterinary dispensaries, hospitals and polyclinics, rural livestock units, and AI centres) and individuals - professional veterinarians and the para-veterinary staff. However, changing internal and external environments require the animal health and breeding service delivery system to become more dynamic and needs-oriented , financially sustainable, and closer to the ground. Veterinarians are a critical part and major stakeholder of any livestock service delivery system. They are the link with the livestock owners and hence have insights into the ground level reality. To inform the Livestock Service Delivery Reform process in the state of Andhra Pradesh (AP) being facilitated by PPLPI-CALPI, it was important to also get their perspective on the main issues and constraints they faced and to elicit some suggestions on enhancing the quality and reach of the livestock services in the state.
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    Para-veterinary Training Programmes in Andhra Pradesh
    Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Initiative: A Living from Livestock
    2004
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    The study aimed to provide the following information on the para-veterinary training programmes offered in Andhra Pradesh: Overview and description of the main training programmes; Assessment of the programmes; Service delivery by the para-veterinarians; Suggestions for improvement of the training programmes.

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