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Jakarta Post

Fears of bird flu pandemic remain as donations dry up

  • Erwida Maulia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 30 2008   /  10:35 am

The number of countries and institutions donating money to combat bird flu has decreased over the past three years despite suggestions the disease still poses a real and immediate threat. Head of the National Committee for Bird Flu Control and Pandemic Preparedness, Bayu Krisnamurthi, said in Jakarta on Wednesday that 35 countries and institutions had pledged to donate money to combat the disease during a bird flu conference in Beijing in January 2006, but that only 17 had actually made donations at the Bamako conference in December of the same year. Only nine institutions made donations a year later in December 2007 during the New Delhi conference, and six donated in the Oct. 24-26 Sixth International Ministerial Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza in Cairo. Bayu said the decline in the number of donations had forced Indonesia to cover a budget deficit. ...