By March 12, five Vietnamese provinces, namely Hanoi, Ha Tay, Hai Duong, Can Tho and Vinh Long, reported no new outbreaks during the past 21 days. The Vietnamese Government and people are intensifying measures to contain the disease with help from the international community, including FAO.
: You have said that Vietnam has somehow succeeded in avian influenza. Could you elaborate on Vietnam’s success?
: Yes, of course. FAO along with its partners in the UN and its donors from the United States, Japan, several Scandinavian countries, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland have worked very closely with the government. The government has worked very well, both centrally and in the provinces, first of all in dealing with the outbreaks and then in controlling the disease when it occurred in particular. I mean the slaughter of 50 million chickens in the first wave in 2004 which was followed up with vaccinations.
How will the FAO assist Vietnam in the coming years?
Mr Speedy : FAO, with its partners, are in the second phase of the joint government – United Nations program. We just signed it recently, in January, and it will continue now for several more years. Also, the program with the World Bank and the government which is also going forward, looking also at the rehabilitation and helping the poultry sector to get back on its feet. And there are several other programs that will continue for the next 2 to 3 years. So FAO will continue to work in the way it has worked with the government and with the department of animal health, helping to support surveillance, helping to support laboratories, helping to support socio-economic management and helping to support farmers get back on their feet after avian influenza.
Thank you very much.