First grant awarded for avian influenza programmes
The Avian and Human Influenza Facility, a multidonor financing
mechanism administered by the World Bank, has announced that the Lao People's
Democratic Republic (PDR) was granted US$2 million for the Avian and Human
Influenza Control and Preparedness Project.
This grant is the first approved by the Facility, which was created with
generous commitments from eight donor agencies, including the European Commission as lead
initiator and largest donor, to help the poorest developing countries prepare
and implement integrated country action plans designed to reduce the social and
economic impact of avian influenza and minimise any possible outbreak of a human
flu pandemic. The grants are intended to support integrated interventions in the
animal and human health aspects.
This grant is in addition to a US$4 million International
Development Association (IDA) grant approved by the World Bank under the Global Programme for Avian and
Human Influenza Control and Preparedness (GPAI). The GPAI provides emergency
financing to participating countries, in order to contain outbreaks of avian flu
through early detection and rapid response measures and to help countries
prepare for a possible human influenza pandemic.
The Facility and IDA grants are part of a comprehensive US$14 million package
to address the priorities already identified in the Lao PDR Government's
National Plan for avian and human influenza control. Other support for
Government's efforts is being provided by bilateral donors, multilateral
agencies, a number of UN
organisations, including FAO,
WHO, UNICEF, and UNSIC, and a
grant from the Policy
and Human Resources Development
(PHRD) Programme funded by the Government of Japan.
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