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Avian influenza


UNICEF Indonesia supports influenza pandemic preparedness
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 7 May 2009 – UNICEF Indonesia is supporting a series of simulation workshops to help the country prepare for a potential influenza pandemic.

UN partners prepare for potential Influenza A (H1N1) pandemic
NEW YORK, USA, 29 April, 2009 – As the World Health Organization (WHO) warns of an increased likelihood of a pandemic of Influenza A – also known as H1N1 – UNICEF is working with its UN partners to prepare for a potential outbreak.

Local officials learn how to raise awareness about bird flu in Myanmar
NYAUNG SHWE, Myanmar, 13 October 2008 – More than 60 health and livestock professionals are now ready to implement their communication workplan on avian influenza, which was drafted during a recent three-day training session held in Nyaung Shwe Township, Shan State.

Young scouts add voices to curb bird flu in West Java
WEST JAVA, Indonesia, 19 August 2008 – More than 5,000 Indonesian boy and girl scouts have pledged to fight the battle against avian influenza in their home province of West Java. The scouts recently gathered at a seaside town in Sukabumi district to learn about bird flu and how they can help protect their communities from the deadly virus.

Over 1,000 people take part in a simulation of a bird flu outbreak in Bali
BALI, Indonesia, 9 May 2008 – A three-day drill to test Indonesia’s capacity to cope with a possible bird flu outbreak was held on the island of Bali last month.

UNICEF launches bird flu education campaign to help Indonesian children
MOJOKERTO, Indonesia, 19 December 2007 – UNICEF has launched a new nationwide campaign in Indonesia to raise awareness among children about the dangers of bird flu.

Community dialogue sessions advance bird flu education in Nigeria
OGUN, Nigeria, 26 October 2007 – Adefolu Olusoji is a retired civil servant and a poultry farmer in the sprawling slum community of Mowe. He was also among over 30 community members who participated in a recent open dialogue on avian influenza held at the Palace of Baale in southwest Nigeria.

UNICEF steps up awareness campaign after reported bird flu deaths in Bali
BALI, Indonesia, 27 August 2007 – Officials in Bali are investigating the death this weekend of a woman who may have been infected with the avian influenza virus. If confirmed, it would be the island’s third death linked to the virus. Thousands of birds have already been culled in an effort to prevent a wider outbreak.

UNICEF Indonesia supports community bird flu prevention programme
CURUG VILLAGE, Indonesia, 16 July 2007 – Hundreds of residents of Curug village were joined by senior officials and UNICEF representatives last week for the provincial launch of the Avian Influenza (AI) Kit, a simple tool that helps empower people in the fight against bird flu.

UNICEF to distribute 100,000 bird flu prevention kits in Indonesia
GARUT, Indonesia, 5 June 2007 – For people in Garut, West Java, a six-hour drive from Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, Monday is usually just the start of another work week.

Education campaign raises avian influenza awareness in Georgia’s schools
TBILISI, Georgia, 3 May 2007 – Schoolchildren across the Republic of Georgia have undergone two days of lessons on avian influenza in a bid to raise awareness about the part they can play in protecting themselves and others against the virus.

After bird flu tragedy, communities come together for change in Azerbaijan
BAKU, Azerbaijan, 2 May 2007 – The villagers of the Salyan region used to make a living hunting ducks and geese that live in the lush wetlands. But since February 2006, when there was an outbreak of avian influenza in Azerbaijan and seven people died, a hunting ban has been in place.

Fighting indifference and ignorance to tackle avian flu in Indonesia
SRAGEN, Indonesia – In a small village in Central Java, Wiyatno, a farmer, surveys the dark and empty chamber that was once his chicken coop. Dried droppings and the odd feather are the only proof that the gloomy structure was once home to 1,000 chickens.

Travelling puppet show in Lao PDR promotes bird flu awareness
XAYABOULI PROVINCE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 9 April 2007 – When a giant rooster scattering blood-red feathers dashes into the middle of a rural village in northern Lao PDR, a group of startled children gasp and leap back in surprise. Their eyes grow wide as the rooster cackles out threats of a deadly disease, encouraging the villagers to ignore hygiene and eat undercooked food.

Hygiene education campaign battles spread of avian influenza in Egypt
MARAZIQ, Egypt, 9 April 2007 – For the citizens of the village of Maraziq, about 30 km south of Cairo, keeping chickens and ducks has long been a normal part of everyday life.

Awareness campaign protects women and children against bird flu in Nigeria
LAGOS, Nigeria, 30 March 2007 – After walking through the narrow paths – among stalls of vegetables, fish and meat, and dazed by the loud noise of a pepper-grinding machine – customers come to the poultry section of the bustling Ikotun market in Lagos.

UNICEF Nigeria helps local radio producers raise bird flu awareness
BENIN, Nigeria, 12 March 2007 – Local radio has become the latest weapon in the battle against the spread of avian influenza in Nigeria.

UNICEF’s avian influenza workshops educate Thai local media
CHIANG MAI, Thailand, 5 February 2007 – When local reporter Arntai Khaikharnfa was assigned to attend a workshop on bird flu here, he was not very enthusiastic.

With help from youth, a Thai village finds colourful ways to spread bird flu warnings
UDON THANI, Thailand, 25 January 2007 – Adults and children dressed as chickens marched through the streets of Baan Noong Wang village in the northeastern Thai province of Udon Thani. They chanted slogans and waved banners bearing a few simple facts on how to prevent the spread of avian influenza: Don’t touch dead birds, wash your hands before eating, keep different birds apart, report dead birds and cook food well.

Cambodia’s religious leaders enlist in the fight against avian influenza
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 28 November 2006 – Over the last six years, UNICEF has been collaborating closely with Cambodian monks, nuns and local elders in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Now that collaboration is being harnessed to fight avian influenza.

Community education campaign raises bird flu awareness in Central Java
NEW YORK, New York, USA, 22 November 2006 – In Central Java, Indonesia, UNICEF has trained 40,000 community educators to warn people about the dangers of avian influenza, or bird flu.

Taking action against bird flu in Indonesia
SOUTH SULAWESI, Indonesia, 10 October 2006 – More than 10,000 people gathered in the rural town of Gowa recently for a celebrity-hosted event to raise awareness about avian influenza. It was part of a UNICEF-supported campaign called Tanggap Flu Burung, or 'Take Action Against Bird Flu'.

Theatre troupe raises avian influenza awareness in a Lao village
VIENTIANE PROVINCE, Lao PDR, 27 September 2006 – As the sun drops behind the tall teak trees surrounding Na Sala village in central Laos, the crow of a rooster erupts from amplifiers in a forest clearing. The area rapidly fills with people while children gaze expectantly at a curtain-covered stage. The theatre has come to town.

Children lead bird flu prevention campaign in Moldova
CHISINAU, Moldova, 22 September 2006 – Like many children in Moldova, Anne-Maria, 8, looks after her family’s chickens as part of her daily chores.

Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan and children co-star in avian flu awareness ad
HONG KONG, China, 15 August 2006 – The children could barely contain their excitement. On the eve of filming a new public service announcement on avian influenza with UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan, the six girls and boys cast in the spot were planning what they would say to the martial arts icon and world-famous movie star: “My name is… I come from… I like swimming and playing football…”

Indonesia fights avian influenza with information and action
CENTRAL JAVA, Indonesia, 12 July 2006 – UNICEF and its partners have launched a grassroots campaign to help the Government of Indonesia battle the growing threat of avian influenza.




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