Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) under current conditions poses a major risk to human and animal health. Efforts to contain the disease are therefore in national and global interests. Culling birds that are infected or in regions immediately around infected animals is the most widely practiced control method for poultry with HPAI. To gain the cooperation of bird owners it is common to compensate them for culling their animals. Identifying HPAI early and immediately culling diseased or suspected animals is critical to reducing the risk of the disease spreading.
The international community and national governments have responded to this challenge by establishing funding mechanisms to enable compensation to assist in this strategy. In early December the international community and national governments are meeting in Bamako, Mali at the 4th International Conference on Avian Influenza. The Conference program sought to provide new insights into Avian Influenza disease development around the world and review progress recorded after the Beijing and Vienna Conferences provide the latest information on strategies and forms of compensation, vaccination, with reference to the major technical meetings' recommendations foster integrated national strategies coordinated at regional and global levels
Download a copy of the report, Enhancing Control of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Developing Countries Through Compensation: Issues and Good Practice, prepared for this conference by the World Bank, FAO, IFPRI, and OIE.
For more information on the efforts to address HPAI, please visit the World Bank and Avian Flu Web site