Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza Joint Government - United Nations System Programme


Phase I of the Joint Programme (JP), which was implemented from October 2005 to July 2006 with total budget of USD6.93m, has helped to strengthen national preparedness for a human pandemic through development and implementation of the national preparedness plan, and specifically to address priority gaps including (a) support to vaccination of poultry; (b) post-vaccination surveillance, (c) strengthening targeted HPAI surveillance and response in animal and humans; (d) protecting humans involved in the poultry vaccination programme; (e) a nationwide avian influenza information, education and communication (IEC) campaign; (f) research to evaluate the efficacy of an inactivated H5 based vaccine in ducks; and (g) support to coordination and monitoring of donor and government activities.

Phase II will continue the comprehensive, integrated and multi-disciplinary approach developed under Phase I, and will support capacity building for Viet Nam to respond to emerging infectious diseases in animals and humans, such as Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).

Phase II of the JP was designed to support all three main components of the Viet Nam Integrated National Operational Programme for Avian and Human Influenza, 2006-2010  (the OPI, also known as the “Green Book”): Enhanced Coordination Activities; HPAI Control and Eradication in the Agricultural Sector; HPAI Prevention and Pandemic Preparedness in the Health Sector, has 4 outputs:

  1. Enhanced coordination of Vietnamese and International agencies supporting implementation of the OPI
  2. Progressive control of HPAI in domestic poultry and enhanced overall national and local capacity to detect and respond to outbreaks of zoonotic and other diseases in animals
  3. Strengthened national and local capacity to prepare for, respond to and recover from public health emergencies caused by infectious diseases such as HPAI
  4. Increased public awareness generally and within specific population groups on critical HPAI-related risk factors resulting in effective behavioural changes

Immediate target groups of JP are national policy makers, particularly at the level of the National Steering Committee for Avian Influenza Control (NSCAI) and key ministries, and provincial, district and municipal public health authorities. Immediate beneficiaries are farmers, poultry producers, vaccinators; public health workers; and infected people. Secondary beneficiaries are the population at large.

What are the project's key results?

  • Reduced risk of a global pandemic of HPAI emanating from Viet Nam and enhanced national and local capacity to manage outbreaks of diseases of epidemic potential affecting both humans and animals - through support to implementation of Viet Nam’s Integrated National Operational Programme for Avian and Human Influenza, 2006-2010 (OPI).

Finance, Executing and Implementing Agency

Project Number Funding Executing Agency Implementing Agency
00046448 USD 16,212,441 from: AusAID (Australia), CIDA (Canada), Finland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Japan, UNDP Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Viet Nam Administration of Preventive Medicine (VAPM) – Ministry of Health, Department of Animal Health (DAH) and Department of Livestock Production (DLP) – MARD, UNICEF, FAO, WHO, UNDP.

Delivery in Previous Fiscal Year

Year    Delivery (USD)
2007 250,128
2008 420,407
2009 478,156
2010 424,925
2011 505,201

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