Plants to Combat Bird Flu
Conference raises US$1.8 bln for bird flu control
2006-01-18 19:27:05 Xinhua English
BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhuanet) -- Over 1.8 billion US dollars of donations were collected for reinforcing global efforts in bird flu prevention and control here on Wednesday at the International Pledging Conference on Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza.
"This conference has been very successful," the European Union (EU) commissioner for health and consumer protection Markos Kyprianou said.
"Originally, we have estimated the financial need to cover the financial gap was around 1.2 billion U.S. dollars. We went beyond that amount," he told press after the meeting.
Sources with China's Foreign Ministry said the pledged donations include 121.6 million U.S. dollars from the the European Commission, 134.9 million U.S. dollars from the EU, 468 billion U.S. dollars from the Asian Development Bank, 334 million U.S. dollars from the United States and 155 million U.S. dollars from Japan.
Australia, France, Germany, Canada and Britain also pledged their donations, the ministry said.
Kyprianou said nearly one billion U.S. dollars had been pledged in grants, which would go mainly to developing countries "that are in most need."
The remaining donations would come in loans, he said.
To ensure the fund to be used effectively and productively, the conference adopted a multidonor financing framework report on avian and human influenza.
The framework outlines a financing framework that is linked to a set of currently identified priority funding needs.
"There are a number of important priorities for grant funding: for the infected or high-risk countries, notably Cambodia, China, Indonesia, the Laos, Mongolia and Vietnam; and for integrated core programs in Africa," the framework report says.
The report said the financing framework is designed to be flexible. "Given the nature of the disease, these funding needs can change rapidly, notably if new outbreaks of the animal disease are not addressed in a timely fashion."
Meanwhile, participants of the donors' conference also passed a Beijing Declaration, committing themselves to ensuring effective development and implementation of integrated national action plans guided by political leaders at the highest level and mobilizing all sorts of resources in their own countries to join the global fight against bird flu.
They also pledged to subscribe to a long-term strategic partnership between the international community and the countries currently affected or at risk in which adequate and prompt financial and technical support is mobilized to support those countries.
The declaration says the countries are committed to sharing information and relevant biological materials related to avian influenza and developing capacity and infrastructure in animal and public health sectors.
"We've got an excellent declaration," UN's coordinator on avian and human influenza David Nabarro said, adding that the commitments were made "not only in terms of cash, but also in terms of partnership, in terms of openness on information, in terms of cooperation on research, in terms of evaluating results and impact."
The conference was held under the co-sponsorship of the Chinese government, the European Commission and the World Bank. Nearly 700 representatives from over 100 countries and 20 international institutions attended the conference.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao delivered a speech at the conference, announcing that the Chinese government would donate 10 million U.S. dollars to the global combat against avian influenza.
He also promised that China will continue to offer assistance within its capacity to its neighboring countries through bilateral channels.
Avian influenza has now spread from Asia to the Middle East and Europe with the prospect that the disease might also spread to Latin America, Africa and elsewhere.
So for nearly 80 people were reported dead from the disease and over 150 were found infected. Experts worried that if not detected, reported promptly and contained effectively, a pandemic could potentially kill millions and cause catastrophic consequences in the areas of global economic growth, trade and security.
AGRI-INFO/JANUARY 25, 2006
TITLE: PLANS TO COMBAT BIRD FLU
ALAM BA NINYO NA MERON NANG MGA PANGKALAHATANG PLANO PARA MASAWATA O MAKONTROL ANG PAGLAGANAP NG SAKIT NA BIRD FLU?
MAGING ANG MGA EKSPERTO AY HINDI MAITATANGGI NA NABIGLA SA BILIS NG PANGYAYARI SA EPEKTO NG BIRD FLU VIRUS DAHIL SA DALAWANG TAON LANG ANG LUMIPAS, NAIULAT ANG PAGKAMATAY NG ILANG MAMAMAYAN NG VIETNAM DAHIL SA PAG-ATAKE NG H5N1 BIRD FLU.
UMABOT SA MAHIGIT 1.8 BILLION DOLLARS ANG NALIKOM NA DONASYON PARA SA HAKBANG NA MASUGPO ANG BIRD FLU VIRUS SA IDINAOS NA INTERNATIONAL PLEDGING CONFERENCE ON AVIAN AND HUMAN PANDEMIC INFLUENZA NITONG JANUARY 17 HANGGANG JANUARY 18.
AYON KAY EUROPEAN UNION COMMISSIONER FOR HEALTH AND CONSUMER PROTECTION MARKOS KYPRIANOU, LUMAGPAS SA ORIHINAL NILANG TARGET NA 1.2-BILLION DOLLARS ANG NALIKOM NILANG PONDO.
PRAYORIDAD NA PAGLALAANAN NG NATURANG PONDO ANG MGA TINAGURIANG HIGH RISK COUNTRIES TULAD NG CAMBODIA, CHINA, INDONESIA, LAOS, MONGOLIA AT VIETNAM.
TINIYAK DIN NG MGA BANSANG KALAHOK NA MAGPAPATULOY ANG KANILANG SUPORTA SA MGA HAKBANG NA MALUTAS ANG PROBLEMA SA NATURANG SAKIT.