The campaign will cover all 40,000 elementary and secondary schools in the country, promoting frequent hand washing, rapid reporting of sick and dead poultry and other key behaviours needed to prevent the spread of the deadly H5N1 virus that causes avian influenza
Under the campaign, two million posters and two million pamphlets carrying avian influenza awareness and prevention messages are being distributed to all schools, along with a newly-developed curriculum on bird flu.
â€œThis is just the beginning of integrated efforts to prevent the spread of avian influenza in Thailand,â€ said Dr Kasama, MOE
As part of the campaign’s hygiene promotion component, 300,000 bars of soap will also be distributed to elementary schools across the country. The posters, pamphlets and curriculum were developed through UNICEF
support, with funding provided by the Government of Japan
Seventeen people – 11 of them children under the age of 18 – have died of avian influenza in Thailand since the first confirmed human H5N1 case was recorded here in early 2004. Bird flu outbreaks have occurred in domestic poultry in at least 30 provinces, and authorities have been forced to destroy millions of ducks and chickens to thwart the spread of the virus, resulting in severe economic losses for poultry farmers.