A qualitative study on gendered barriers to livestock vaccine uptake in Kenya and Uganda and their implications on Rift Valley fever control

This study sought to understand the barriers faced by men and women farmers in the uptake of livestock vaccines to inform strategies for optimizing the use of vaccines against Rift Valley fever in East Africa. Results showed that men and women farmers experience barriers to vaccine uptake differentially. The barriers include the direct and indirect cost of vaccines, distances to vaccination points and availability of information on vaccination campaigns. Thus, mere provision of vaccines does not guarantee uptake at the community level. These barriers should be considered while designing vaccination strategies to enhance community uptake of livestock vaccines.