Vietnam launches avian flu prevention project

Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will implement a $300,000 project to prevent the occurrence of avian influenza over the course of the next year in nine different cities and provinces.

The project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, will be instituted in Lang Son, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa, Can Tho, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Bernama reports.

According to the Department of International Cooperation, which is a part of the MARD, the project will attempt to improve efficiency and management of the national health system and to provide more equal access to health services for groups that are vulnerable to the disease. In addition, the project will improve the sharing of information, administration of knowledge and strategic discussions related to avian influenza and epidemics.

The project will help Vietnam to implement the National Coordinated Actions Program on Avian Influenza, Pandemics Preparedness and Emerging Infectious Diseases during the 2011-2015 period. AIPED was set up to note important milestones in the fight against avian influenza, maintain results obtained so far and continue to make progress against avian influenza and other animal-to-human diseases. Some goals of AIPED include enhancing the monitoring and response capabilities to infectious diseases, improving treatment and preparedness capabilities and expanding citizen awareness to control disease outbreaks, Xinhua reports.

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