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About Us - Avian and Human Influenza Facility (AHIF)

Read World Bank Topic-at-a-Glance and Issue Brief on H1N1 and H5N1

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Background

The International Pledging Conference on Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza was organized by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the European Commission and the World Bank, and held from 17th to 18th January, 2006, in Beijing. This built on the outcomes from an earlier meeting, held in Geneva in November 2005. Partners subscribed to a long term strategic partnership between the international community and countries that were currently affected or at risk from avian influenza where adequate and the mobilization of prompt financial and technical support would complement the efforts of the countries and regions themselves.

Created following the Beijing conference, the Avian and Human Influenza Facility (AHIF) is a multidonor financing mechanism administered by the World Bank that helps developing countries minimize the risk and socio-economic impact of avian influenza (H5N1) and other zoonoses and of possible human pandemic influenza (H1N1).

The AHIF is currently supported by ten donor agencies, led by the European Commission, which have collectively pledged more than US$127 million.




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