The Joint Programme to Fight Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)
Viet Nam has been one of the worst-affected countries by the highly pathogenic avian influenza A (H5N1) panzootic. This joint programme was established to support an integrated, multi-sectoral response to the challenge of controlling avian influenza in animals and the threat of a possible human pandemic. Since it began in late 2005, the joint programme has been a key channel for the rapid mobilization of more than US$23 million in international donor support to Viet Nam's national response. National agencies have been provided with international technical advice and expertise, as well as resources to support key activities, including mass poultry vaccinations, public communications, and overall coordination of the national response. The joint programme has proved to be a very rapid and effective way to channel international resources and provide international expertise, particularly during the earlier period when Viet Nam was facing the highest number of poultry outbreaks and human cases of H5N1 in the world. The Joint Programme will conclude during 2011.
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