Internationally pledged money for bird flu slow to arrive
Monies pledged in January by 34 countries to help fight bird flu have
been slow to arrive with only US$286 million of the US$1.9 million being
To date only Japan ($158 million), Switzerland ($4.7
million), Finland ($3.4 million) and the Czech Republic ($200,000) have given
their total pledge. With the United States sending $71 million of its $334
These figures were obtained by from
a World Bank donor survey and draft report that was written for the Influenza
Partners' Senior Officials Meeting on the 6 and 7 June.
The slow arrival of the money has resulted in the cutting
of some programmes by key organisations due to receive the funds - such as the
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Organisation
for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
According to OIE Director-General, Bernard Vallat, without
adequate funding they will be forced "reduce our ambitions", which could result
in the disease becoming endemic in some countries.
The nations due to
receive the largest amounts of promised funds, according the World Bank report,
are Vietnam ($66 million), Indonesia ($55 million), Nigeria ($51 million),
Turkey ($46 million), and Cambodia ($23 million).
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