Thursday, September 13, 2007

A New 3-Year Strategy for Indonesia?

After a two-day summit attended by 150 participants from 11 countries, UN and Indonesian authorities met to discuss the UN's drafted three-year plan for ramping up efforts to prevent spread of H5N1 in Indonesia. This plan revolves around six previously recommended strategies to contain H5N1.

Indonesian Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Aburizal Bakrie said that Indonesia has already begun implementing the six recommended strategies, but that the rollout will take time. These steps emphasize better communications to the public about the dangers of becoming infected and preventing transmission to humans handling domestic poultry.

"One-point-five billion poultry, which seem to be suffering from quite large numbers of outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza: that is clearly the big issue ... because it is ... bird flu in the birds that (is) then leading to humans getting H5N1 infection, and that is giving us the risk of the emergence of a pandemic virus. And we need a pretty intensive new drive in order to get it fully under control, and it will take probably a two- to three-year period," said David Nabarro, the senior United Nations coordinator for avian and human influenza.

Full story can be found below, via VOA and H5N1 blog:*http%3A//

In a related story, Indonesia announced at the summit with international health authorities that it will now begin manufacturing oseltamivir (tamiflu) domestically at a rate that will dramatically (or completely) reduce the amount of Tamiflu they must import. The Minister of Health has yet to designate a company that will produce the medicine.

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