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Hester Biosciences Nepal Private Limited

Partnership period: March 2019 – February 2021

Country: Nepal

ACHIEVEMENTS: Hester will produce and distribute 400,000 thermostable vaccine doses to prevent Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) in Nepal, improving the incomes of 100,000 Nepali herders by reducing mortality and morbidity of goats and sheep.

PURPOSE: Extend the reach of PPR vaccine to remote areas by commercializing a thermostable formulation that is easily transported without refrigeration to increase resiliency in farming communities.

APPROACH: Hester will produce a thermostable version of them PPR vaccine, and sell it through a network of community-based animal health workers that will spearhead a mass awareness campaign on the threat of PPR and the benefits of vaccination. Because it does not depend on unreliable cold chains to preserve the vaccine, the new thermostable formula is available to smallholders in remote areas for the first time. As more sheep and goats remain unaffected by PPR, farmers in previously underserved areas will be better equipped to respond to changing climatic and economic conditions.