INTRODUCTIONOn the occasion of the International Ministerial Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza held in Bamako on 8 December 2006, the need was discussed for a technical meeting to be scheduled prior to the next Ministerial Conference to be held in New Delhi in December 2007. FAO-OIE-WHO in collaboration with UNICEF and UNSIC are co-organizing the Technical Meeting, which is to be held in Rome, from 27-29 June 2007.
Participants will be presented a summary of the current global epidemiologic situation of HPAI in poultry, and a risk assessment of human infection with the H5N1 virus. An assessment of the current risk of a pandemic of influenza and the state of preparedness of countries will also be presented. There will be an assessment of current strategies and practices as have been applied over the last three years for the control of HPAI in poultry and reduction of the associated risk of human infection.
A report will be prepared which will provide strategic guidance for the prevention and control of HPAI/H5NI in poultry and associated human infections, in the short, mid, and longer-term. The report, which will be circulated among the donor community and the participants of the New Delhi Conference, is expected to inform and drive high-level policy and decision-making.
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