BIRD FLU / UPDATE

16-Jun-2006
Dr. David Nabarro, the Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza says that although progress is being made and money is being committed by donors, the disbursement is still low. UNIFFED
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STORY: BIRD FLU / UPDATE
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SOURCE: UNIFEED / CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC), ATLANTA, GEORGIA, U.S.A. / UNIC (NAIROBI) / UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 15 JUNE 2006, NEW YORK CITY/ FILE
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15 JUNE 2006, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters
2. 13:07:39 SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. David Nabarro, the Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza:
" So this is still a continuation of what we've seen perhaps, not quite with the intensity of media reporting that we saw three months ago but you can take it from me this virus is continuing to move into different parts of the world and continuing to affect the bird population, it's continuing to threaten the human as well through these individual cases or clusters that we see from time to time."

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

3. Wide shot, ducks flying away from pond
4. Med shot, ducks on pond

15 JUNE 2006, NEW YORK CITY

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. David Nabarro, the Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza: 13:11:59
"We've had very distressing stories of peoples poverty increasing, we've heard of people actually suiciding because they've lost their birds; so how to make sure the compensation is put in place and quickly is a big issue. We also spend time thinking about how to improve control of the animal disease, can we do more vaccination instead of killing so many birds and then we had a discussion about how to make sure that each country's pandemic preparedness plans are as good as they could be."

FILE - UNTV - 22 OCOTBER 2005, CAMBODIA

6. Various shots, ducks in market
7. Tracking shot, man in market carrying chicken to be plucked
8. Med shot, men in market cleaning dead chickens

15 JUNE 2006, NEW YORK CITY

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. David Nabarro, the Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza:
"I've talked to many of those countries and have heard them talk about the efforts they've made to locate influenza into a different area of thinking; it's to do with human security and human survival. It's part of the defense that we have to put in place, so that peoples livelihoods are protected; sometimes it's money that's used to deal with disaster preparedness, which can be used as a source; so I believe that most of the governments have recognized the danger of avian influenza and pandemic preparedness, threatening the fund available for mayor decease campaigns and they've done everything they possibly can not to robe Peter to pay Paul."

FILE: DATE UNKNOWN - CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC), ATLANTA, GEORGIA

10. Various shots, scientist in lab working with H5N1 virus sample
STORYLINE
During an interview yesterday (15 June) at United Nations Headquarters, Dr. David Nabarro, the Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza, told UNIFEED that recently there have been new outbreaks of bird flu in various locations particularly in Niger, Africa and Hungary, Eastern Europe. Moreover, there are further reports of human cases in Indonesia and a suspect case, which is presently being examined, in China.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. David Nabarro, the Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza:
" So this is still a continuation of what we've seen perhaps, not quite with the intensity of media reporting that we saw three months ago but you can take it from me this virus is continuing to move into different parts of the world and continuing to affect the bird population, it's continuing to threaten the human as well through these individual cases or clusters that we see from time to time."

Dr. Nabarro travelled to Vienna for a two day conference on the 6th and 7th June organized by the Austrian Government together with the European Commission, the United States and China to bring together countries from around the world to review how they can tackle Avian Flu and identify the challenges ahead.

Dr. Nabarro pointed out that at the Conference, countries identified some of their challenges and looked into the funding situation which involved the $1.9 billion that was pledged in Beijing last January. He said out of the total amount, about a billion dollars had been thus far committed.

However, the word commitment, he added, meant that there is a legal obligation for that money to be spent on a particular set of activities.

So far about $300 million dollars have been disbursed, which means that there are still delays in getting the money through to the countries. Dr. Nabarro said that the first priority is compensating poor people who loose their birds as a result of Avian Influenza.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. David Nabarro, the Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza:
"We've had very distressing stories of peoples poverty increasing, we've heard of people actually suiciding because they've lost their birds; so how to make sure the compensation is put in place and quickly is a big issue. We also spend time thinking about how to improve control of the animal disease, can we do more vaccination instead of killing so many birds and then we had a discussion about how to make sure that each country's pandemic preparedness plans are as good as they could be."

Some experts have brought up the issue that funds for fighting HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis and other major diseases have been redirected to combating Bird Flue establishing a sort of competition for funds.

Dr. Nabarro said that internationally the donor communities have to make these choices

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. David Nabarro, the Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza:
"I've talked to many of those countries and have heard them talk about the efforts they've made to locate influenza into a different area of thinking; it's to do with human security and human survival. It's part of the defense that we have to put in place, so that peoples livelihoods are protected; sometimes it's money that's used to deal with disaster preparedness, which can be used as a source; so I believe that most of the governments have recognized the danger of avian influenza and pandemic preparedness, threatening the fund available for mayor decease campaigns and they've done everything they possibly can, not to robe Peter to pay Paul."

Dr. Nabarro said that donors agreed in Vienna that the next meeting will take place around December in Sub-Saharan Africa and will be organized by the African Union.

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