UN supports Vietnam fight against avian influenza
The joint program will focus on building capacity for progressive control and prevention of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Vietnam, in order to minimize incidence of human infections, reduce the risk of the occurrence of a human influenza pandemic and to take necessary measures to reduce the impact of a pandemic if it occurs.
The country on Tuesday also signed with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) three separate projects, worth a total of $4 million, on this issue, which were funded by the governments of the US, Japan and Ireland.
The program's second phase and related projects will support
Meanwhile, the projects implemented by FAO include activities such as field epidemiology training, support for mass vaccination campaigns and post vaccination monitoring, strengthening of laboratory capacity and national disease surveillance, operational research in the role of wild birds and free-range ducks and vaccine efficacy trials.
Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said at the signing ceremony that the Vietnamese Government greatly appreciated the valuable support from the UN agencies in the country's fight against avian influenza.
The joint program played a significant role in the development of the National Operational Program as well as its implementation in the future, Phat said, adding that the UN's support would help
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He warned that Vietnam is now facing a high risk of bird flu reoccurrence, especially when the traditional Tet Lunar New Year is approaching, pushing up demand for poultry products
Rick Brown, a World Health Organization's epidemiologist, said the theme "Joint effort for a