"Vietnam continues to be a leader, providing the world with
a clear example of how a well coordinated and integrated effort, led by the
National Steering Committee on Avian Influenza, can control this disease at its
source. The integrated response from the human and livestock health sectors has
been a key ingredient to Vietnam's success," praised United Nations Resident
Coordinator in Vietnam, John Hendra.
Hendra said that the Vietnamese
government's achievements in controlling avian influenza, and in preparing
for the eventuality of a human influenza pandemic, are outstanding. Vietnam's
national plan, known as the "Green Book" or the "National Operational Programme
for Avian and Human Influenza (2006-2010)" was developed with an estimated
budget of US$250 million. The government expects to finance up to half of the
total estimated cost for its implementation, while donors have been so far
committed more than US$60 million.
According to the
UN official, Vietnam's transparency in reporting cases and in collaborating with
international efforts to develop vaccines has also been important for bird flu
control. UN Secretary General Kofi Anna commended Vietnam for taking the lead in
the fight against avian influenza, with impressive results.
UN Coordinator said that the UN will continue to support the people and
Government of Vietnam to reduce the risk avian influenza poses to human health
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