On the 20th and 21st of April 2013, with the prospect of supporting and developing the veterinarian networks in some hamlets in Hoa Binh, CSDM center cooperated with the veterinarian department of Mai Chau district, Hoa Binh province to organize training course called: “Hamlet veterinarian training course – phase 1”.
Participants of the training course are chosen by the community based on the criteria that there should be enough good veterinarians in a hamlet to take care of the animal diseases. 7 hamlets of Na Meo and Tan Son communes, Mai Chau districts have assigned 15 people, who are highly experienced farmers or veterinarian officers to participate in the training course.
The training course is divided into 3 phases. Phase 1 lasts for 2 days and provides participants with basic knowledge about veterinary work and techniques to take care of cattle and how to prevent and treat popular diseases.
Lecturers of the training course are officers from the Veterinarian department of Mai Chau district and they have a lot of experiences in dealing with common diseases found in cattle in the area. Additionally, the training course also provides a chance for farmers to ask for advice from experts for problems that they are facing. Owing to this practical link, farmers are likely to understand the content of the course much easier.
Based on the above facts, it can clearly be seen that the CSDM center has increased the community capability by using the connection between the local authorities and the local people. CSDM has also utilized the practical skills and experience of grassroots level officers in order to make the lectures easier to understand and apply.
Along with the training course, the project also supports 15 participants by providing them with necessary equipments to do the veterinarian work. More specifically, each participant will be provided with 1 medicine bag, needle and others tools. Besides, the hamlets of Tan Son commune are far from each other so each hamlet is provided with one veterinarian medicine cabinet. There is one public medicine cabinet at the People’s Committee’s place at Na Meo commune. The veterinarians will manage the commune’s medicine cabinet themselves in order to guarantee that there will be enough high quality medicine to cope with the diseases present.
The two next advanced training courses for 15 participants are expected to be held in May of 2013.