Support for livestock farmers
Like the Iftikhor group, many farmers in Ayni District, Sughd rely on their livestock to provide dairy products and meat throughout the year. However, the lack of diagnostic and preventive measures against brucellosis, which affects the animals and can cause endocarditis or meningitis in humans, was resulting in the spread of infection and economic loss. Testing was only available three hours drive away, in Panjakent.
In 2017, an AKF/European Commission programme, Improving Livelihoods and Food Security through Sustainable Natural Resources Management, established a livestock laboratory in Ayni. “There are eight vets, one per Jamaat, who collect the blood of the livestock from the Ayni District and bring it here for the test,” explains laboratory assistant Himoyat Aslanova.