Jackie Chan stars in bird flu announcement
World-famous actor and martial arts expert Jackie Chan stars in a new
television public service announcement to alert children and their families
around the world to the dangers of highly pathogenic avian influenza, or bird
The PSA was produced by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), with funding from
the Government of Japan.
The one-minute spot shows Chan, a
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, with six children and some very colourful origami
birds that are used to convey an essential message. Chan tells the girls and
boys in a firm tone: birds can pass on avian influenza to people; so it's
important to stay away from sick and dead birds, especially chickens. He then
nods approvingly as 8-year-old Ava pipes out: "But playing with paper birds is
While the PSA deals with a disease that has spread beyond Asia and often
incites fear, it aims to do so with panache rather than panic.
"It was great to work with this group of children on something that concerns
Asia and the entire world. This is not about creating alarm but helping children
be more alert and careful. When it comes to bird
flu, we don't want to take any chances with our kids," said Jackie Chan.
Visit the FAO website to view the public service announcement on bird flu starring Jackie
Chan, click on View the PSA under related
links on the right hand side of the page.
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