Zoetis has disclosed that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would give the company a $14.4 million grant over the next three years to develop veterinary diagnostic networks and animal health infrastructure in Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Uganda.

The leading global animal health company based in New Jersey, said on Monday that the grant will ensure the development of veterinary laboratory networks and outreach services to increase local veterinary medicines and services; implement sustainable disease diagnostics; and strengthen local veterinary expertise.

“We believe the combination of Zoetis’ leadership in animal health and experience in forging broad collaborations in emerging markets will allow us to accelerate the advancement of animal health in the region,” said the Chief Executive Officer of Zoetis, Juan Ramón Alaix.

He further indimated that “Access to medicines and technology will help farmers raise healthier animals and secure more sustainable revenue, which is critical to the economic development of the region and well-being of its population.”

As part of the project, Zoetis said it will partner with government authorities, local veterinary associations, national and international NGOs, farmer associations and the private sector to maximize its ability to positively impact the region.

The three-year project, Zoetis said, will use the progress made to work towards a longer-term sustainable business model and animal health infrastructure for livestock farmers in the region.

The project will be called the African Livestock Productivity and Health Advancement (A.L.P.H.A.) initiative.