Awards: India Country Development Marketplace Award of the World Bank New Delhi (2004)



Award
Winner of the competitive award of US $ 20,000 to Bombay Veterinary College for the project ‘“Improving Access and Quality of Veterinary Services in Rural India by implementing data recording based herd health and productivity improvement programs” submitted by Dr. Abdul Samad, Head of the Department of Medicine- Under the award using Herdman as the herd data management tool, veterinary and extension services were re-oriented to preventive health and productivity enhancement system.

Project Details
World Bank, New Delhi sponsored the first India Country Development Marketplace Award for incubating innovations that could improve education, health, water supply and other sectors in India.  The competition was open to public institutions, NGOs, individuals, private research and development institutes. The World Bank received close to 5000 applications out of which only 20% were selected for presentation and public scrutiny and out of these 50 projects were selected by independent jury for funding. 

Bombay Veterinary College under leadership of Dr. Abdul Samad submitted a proposal envisaging improvement in rural animal health and extension delivery by using animal data recording as the pivot.  It was proposed that the current problems of discontinuity, quality, fire-brigade approach and accountability could be addressed and the delivery system could be oriented to preventive set up.  It was proposed that Infovet (Now Vetware Private Limited) will partner the project by helping to deploy Herdman software platform developed by them. 

This project received top ranking in evaluation and was selected for providing award of US $ 20,000 to Bombay Veterinary College for implementing the innovative concept in (a) Chitale Dairy, Bhilvadi, Sangli, Maharashtra; (b) Sumul – Surat District Milk Union in Gujarat and (c) Rajhans Taluka Milk Union, Sangamner, District Ahmednagar.   The projects were implemented during 2004-2006.

An independent agency evaluated the project as successful innovation leading to substantial improvement in animal health delivery system.  The project also led to development of PDA-based software for easy field data collection by para-vets.

Documentary
The World Bank, New Delhi prepared a short documentary on this innovative project-