$25 mln provided for Vietnam H5N1 prevention project

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Vietnamese ministries will be provided with US$25 million to increase the effectiveness of public services in reducing health risks of avian flu (H5N1) to poultry and humans in 11 local provinces.

The aid will be granted by the Avian and Human Influenza Facility (AHIF) and the World Bank -- and it will include funds from the Vietnamese government -- under an agreement signed between the World Bank and the State Bank of Vietnam that day.

More than 10 million people will benefit from the project, which will be conducted through controlling the disease at its source in domestic poultry, early detection and response to poultry and human cases of infection, and preparing for the medical consequences of a human pandemic, according to the bank's press release.

The agreement, known as Additional Financing to the Vietnam Avian and Human Influenza Control and Preparedness Project, is the third operation that the World Bank has supported Vietnam in controlling the highly pathogenic avian flu and improving the country's preparedness for human influenza pandemic, it said.

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The first two projects with the total funding of $40 million have been applied between 2004 and 2011.

According to the bank, Vietnam was among the countries that were most affected by H5N1 with 119 human cases confirmed as of March 2011, of which 59 died.

This represents 23 percent of the total number of human cases reported worldwide and 19 percent of the deaths, it said.

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