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Avian Influenza training will benefit 28 million people

Launching the country-wide training program on Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza that will eventually reach 28 million people at the IEDCR auditorium on Saturday 17th February, 2007.

Dhaka, 18th February 2007: A country-wide training program on Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza that will eventually reach 28 million people was launched on Saturday by the honorable adviser for Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Major General (Rtd) Dr A S M Matiur Rahman.

This training, undertaken and managed by the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), is part of the Government’s Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan. It is supported by the Government of Japan, UNICEF, WHO and FAO.

The program involves a two-tiered training of rapid response teams and training of Expanded Program of Immunisation (EPI) volunteers and community level workers. They will be trained in theory and practice of Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza and communication skills. Training will then target rapid response team members at the District and Upazila level.

 As a result of the training community level volunteers will undertake activities to build awareness in the wider community. The frontline health workers and volunteers will play a pivotal role in disseminating information about the disease and prevention measures. It is anticipated that more than 28 million people will be reached through this project.

At the end of the project 60 master trainers, 704 District level trainers, 2310 Upazila trainers and 226100 community level trainers will be trained in Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza.

“The road ahead is a long one. No one knows if Bangladesh will get the disease or whether there will ever be a pandemic BUT it is incumbent on us to prepare the people of Bangladesh. And this training is a first and very necessary step,” said Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh.

 The project has been funded at a cost of $688,547 by the Government of Japan. It is due to finish in early May. Avian Influenza is first and foremost a disease of poultry. The virus can be transmitted to humans through exposure during slaughter, de-feathering, butchering and preparation of sick domestic poultry for cooking. Transmission through the handling of dead wild birds or their parts, such as feathers, is another cause.

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