The Vietnam Administration of Preventive Medicine and the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a US$7 million project in Hanoi on June 14 to fight avian influenza. The five-year project will be carried out in nine provinces and cities across the country, namely Hanoi, Thai Binh, Lang Son, Hoa Binh, Thua Thien-Hue, Khanh Hoa, Da Nang, Dong Nai and Tien Giang. The first year of the programme, starting from April 2007, will receive funding of US$1.15 million. US Ambassador to Vietnam Michael Marine said that the project will create a strong new partnership between the US and Vietnamese health organisations, and complement other avian influenza projects in Vietnam which were supported by the US Agency for International Development and the US Department of Agriculture. According to the US diplomat, the US provided more than US$12 million to the Vietnamese government in support of the country’s efforts in combating and controlling bird flu. Fresh bird flu outbreaks have been reported in 17 Vietnamese cities and provinces since May 2007.