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United States Invests in FAO Bird Flu Program

By Bob Ewing     Oct 22, 2007 in World
The United States will invest an additional 38 million dollars in the Food and Agricultural Organization's avian influenza programme. This brings the US invest to a total of 63 million dollars.
Lagos, Nigeria: The United States has agreed to lend financial support to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) avian influenza control programme. The total amount of the support is $38m (N4.75bn).
Total financial support from the United States has now reached $63million (N7.86 billion).
The funds are earmarked for core Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza containment and control activities. For example the funding will be invested in ongoing and new surveillance and response, planning, training, logistics, technical, laboratory, and communication projects and activities in western, eastern and southern Africa.
"Avian influenza will probably stay with us for several years to come. The support from the U.S. will enable FAO to continue and strengthen avian influenza prevention and control campaigns in affected countries," FAO's Chief Veterinary Officer Joseph Domenech said.
"This new contribution from USAID is a welcome expression of trust in FAO's global leadership in the fight against avian influenza," said Anne Bauer, Director of FAO’s Emergency Operations and Rehabilitation Division.
Southeast Asia, the Indian sub-continent, Central Asia, central/eastern Europe, Indonesia and Egypt are also beneficiaries of this funding.
The US ($63million); Australia ($14million); Japan ($13million); UK ($10 million) and Sweden ($10million) are the program’s main donors.
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