15 October 2008
UN and World Bank Issue Global Progress Report on Avian Flu and Pandemic Preparedness: Specific Countries and Case Studies as Examples
On October 15th the UN System
Influenza Coordinator and the World Bank posted online their 4th Global
Progress Report on "Responses to Avian
Influenza and State of
Section 2: International Financial and Technical Assistance
Section 3: Capacity to Reduce the Threats of Avian Influenza to Animals and Humans.
" 3.3 Lao PDR: Frontline early detection of infected backyard poultry by alert locals
Section 4: Preparedness for Mitigating the Impacts of the next Influenza Pandemic
For example, in
A. Strategic level: "The Higher Ministerial Committee for crisis management was established and headed by the Prime Minister with the participation of the Ministries of Defense and Military Production, Interior Affairs, Information, Foreign Affairs and Health and Population."
B. Planning and preparation level: A national pandemic inter-ministerial committee was established and headed by the Minister of Health and Population. A broadly multidisciplinary sub-committee has organized pandemic simulation exercises. A simulation exercise was held at the national level at the Ministry of Health and Population.
C. All 26 governates in
D. The private sector received pandemic guidance on preparing Business Continuity Plans, again with assistance from the ISDC.
Daniel R. Lucey, MD, MPH
Adjunct Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
website for this posting: www.BePast.org