VetAfrica is a mobile application that assists with diagnosis of livestock diseases and disease surveillance.
VetAfrica is a mobile application developed to help African vets and farmers diagnose diseases in livestock. It has been developed by Scottish based company Cojengo Ltd, with an additional hub, VetAfricaHub, an online data management dashboard to review, share, and act upon live surveillance data.
Glasgow is the headquarter of the mobile application where the software is developed. Testing was done in Kenya and Ethiopia. While doing the tests in Ethiopia, IDRC supported the research and development of the mobile app. The research was led by a team from the University of Prince Edward Island and peers based at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture at Addis Ababa University. The designers sell their services to local and country governments.
Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia
The mobile application is available on the Microsoft App Store
The mobile application has a free trial, after which users purchase the app depending on the period of use. The designers also sell their services to local governments depending on the main causes of livestock diseases.
Goal 15: Life on land
Livestock farmers and vets in Africa
Mobile application development in partnership with Microsoft.
Users can download the mobile app for access
VetAfrica-Ethiopia has supported collection and management of information relating to roughly 2,000 cattle cases from more than 20 rural centers throughout Ethiopia.
(smartphone ,feature phone, computer, tablet, other [specify])
(2G, 3G, 4G, LTE,…)
(Connection to market, Microsavings, Supply chain information, Education on farming practices, Weather information, etc)
The mobile application was designed by Conjego in partnership with Microsoft and helps African farmers and vets diagnose diseases in livestock. Farmers use the app to select various symptoms that their livestock may be exhibiting to reach a diagnosis. The app has the ability to store and share the data gathered on disease surveillance and monitoring. This helps enable farmers to keep track of illnesses that are within the region and prepare for any future outbreaks.
The app also helps veterinarians and others working with animals study what illnesses and diseases are present, how widespread they are, and whether or not they are curable.
Users can get technical support from the mobile application designers.
This application was designed to help livestock farmers with diagnosis and disease surveillance of livestock.
Testing performed by a professor at University of Strathclyde showed that the app gave accurate diagnosis compared to real blood tests of livestock from Ethiopia.
No third party organizations, only testing performed by the designers.
Beyene, J.T., Eshetu, A., Abdul, A., Etenesh, W., Bey, F.A., Tufa, B.T., Sami, I. and Revie, W.C., 2017, Assisting Differential Clinical Diagnosis of Cattle Diseases using Smartphone-Based Technology in Low Resource Settings: A Pilot Study, BMC Veterinary Research, PMC5679378
Beyene, J.T., Asfaw, F., Getachew, Y., Tufa, B.T., Iain, C., Bey, F.A. and Revie, W.C., 2018, A Smartphone Based Application Improves the Accuracy, Completeness and Timeliness of Cattle Disease Reporting and Surveillance in Ethiopia, Frontiers in Veterinary Science, PMC5776010
The mobile app was evaluated for its accuracy in diagnosing livestock diseases by a professor in University of Strathclyde and the evaluation done showed that the app is effective for diagnosis.
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