Thursday, 27 March 2008

Cambodia gets 11 mln usd grant from World Bank, other donors, to fight bird flu

A lady prepares chickens for sale at Phnom Penh market March 27, 2008. The World Bank Group today approved a $6 million grant to support Cambodia's efforts to implement a national plan to minimize the threats from avian and human influenza, and to prepare its health systems to respond to any possible outbreak in the future.REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea (CAMBODIA)

Thomson Financial News

MUMBAI (Thomson Financial) - The World Bank said it approved a 6 mln usd grant to help Cambodia fight avian and human influenza, and to strengthen its health system to respond to any possible outbreak in the future.

The grant, provided by the International Development Association (IDA), will be used to finance the Avian and Human Influenza Control and Preparedness Emergency Project (AHICPEP), the World Bank said.

In addition, the Japanese government has provided a 3 mln usd grant from its Policy and Human Resources Development (PHRD) Fund while a 2 mln usd grant was approved by the Avian and Human Influenza (AHI) Facility, supported by the European Commission and eight other donors.

Both grants will co-finance AHICPEP. The PHRD Fund and AHI Facility are administered by the World Bank.

The combined 11 mln usd project will be implemented by units within the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ministry of Health and the National Committee for Disaster Management, the lending agency said.

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