WOLFOWITZ / BIRD FLU

17-Jan-2006
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz urges the global community to immediately raise the funding necessary to adopt preventative measures against the Avian flu or the long term consequences will be much higher. WORLD BANK
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STORY: WOLFOWITZ/ BIRD FLU

TRT: 2:26

SOURCE: UNIC / UNTV / WORLD BANK

RESTRICTIONS: EMBARGOED UNTIL 5:01 GMT WEDNESDAY 17 JANUARY 2006

LANGUAGE: CH 1 ENGLISH/ NATS

DATELINE: 10 JANUARY 2006, WASHINGTON DC/ FILE

 

 
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FILE - UNIC NAIROBI - 10-11 NOVEMBER 2005, KENYA

1. Various shots, migratory birds

WORLD BANK - 10 JANUARY 2006, WASHINGTON D.C.

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Paul Wolfowitz, President of World Bank:

"We need no reminders of why this pledging conference must deliver results. All countries could be affected if a pandemic occurs. All countries share a responsibility in fighting the spread of the disease, and putting human and financial resources behind the effort. We know from experience that if the international community does not support these control measures now, the potential cost to the world will be much higher in the long-term. Past outbreaks have already cost more than $10 billion dollars in economic loss even though governments have moved quickly to control the disease by disposing of infected poultry flocks. Although that is a large sum it is small compared to the economic damage that would result if we were to fail to control the disease."

FILE - UNIC NAIROBI - 10-11 NOVEMBER 2005, KENYA

3. Wide shot, poultry farm

4. Med shot, poultry farm

5. Close up, poultry farm

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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Paul Wolfowitz, President of World Bank:

"None of us can know whether this strain? H5N1? will result in a global pandemic. But what we can be certain of is that the investments we make now, to prevent and control further spread of the virus, are investments in long-term development. They will help countries better protect themselves against future threats of pandemic, and prevent the unraveling of their hard-won economic and social gains."

FILE - UNTV - 21-22 OCTOBER 2005, OSSUREY MARKET, PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

7. Various shots, poultry market inspections

 

 
STORYLINE
The World Bank's Board of Directors recently endorsed a new framework for a global funding program of up to US$500 million to help countries combat avian flu.

The new funding program is designed to allow countries to: access funding on short notice, strengthen veterinarian and health services to deal with avian flu outbreaks among animals, aid in minimizing the threat posed to people and prepare for potential human flu pandemic.

The Kyrgyz Republic is expected to be the first country to obtain financing under the new program. Bank officials have been working on a project for the Kyrgyz Republic worth about US$5 million.

The Board's endorsement of the new framework comes just prior to the start of an international donors conference in Beijing co-sponsored by the Government of China, the European Commission and the World Bank.

The conference is aimed at securing grant funds for countries from donors to help them fight avian flu - responding to estimates by the World Bank that at least between US$1.2 billion and $1.4 billion is needed globally to help countries combat the deadly virus.

 
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