06ASTANA721, AVIAN INFLUENZA CONFERENCE AIMS TO STRENGTHEN CENTRAL

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06ASTANA721 2006-12-04 01:49 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

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UNCLAS ASTANA 000721 
 
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SUBJECT: AVIAN INFLUENZA CONFERENCE AIMS TO STRENGTHEN CENTRAL 
ASIA'S PREPAREDNESS 
 
1. Summary: On December 4-6 in Almaty, the United States Agency for 
International Development (USAID), through its partners the U.S. 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Winrock 
International, will hold a regional conference on technical aspects 
of Avian Influenza surveillance.  The goal of the conference is to 
operationalize country-specific influenza pandemic preparedness 
plans by developing practical guidelines for epidemiology, 
laboratory, health care, and veterinary practices.  Close to 150 
participants, primarily from the five Central Asian nations, will 
participate, and Ambassador Ordway will open the conference.  End 
summary. 
 
2. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), 
through its partners the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention (CDC) and Winrock International, will host in Almaty, 
Kazakhstan an Avian Influenza conference focused on surveillance and 
response practices in Central Asia.  Currently, all of the Central 
Asian nations have developed National Pandemic Preparedness Plans, 
although they vary greatly in detail.  The conference hopes to 
assist Central Asian experts to develop the methodological 
procedures needed for routine influenza surveillance practices, 
detection, and containment of an outbreak.  The conference 
organizers believe that with such developed guidelines the Central 
Asian nations will be better prepared to respond promptly and 
adequately should an outbreak/epidemic occur. 
 
3. The three day conference will bring together over 100 technical 
experts working under Ministries of Health and Ministries of 
Agriculture in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and 
Uzbekistan.  These laboratory specialists, clinicians, 
veterinarians, and epidemiologists will review, discuss, and revise 
area-specific guidelines. CDC has also invited international experts 
to disseminate information and to make presentations during working 
group sessions.  The organizers expect that these expert group 
meetings will help spur each country to strengthen its surveillance 
and preparedness guidelines. 
 
4.  The conference is part of broader USG efforts to assist the 
Central Asian nations with Avian Influenza preparedness.  USAID is 
working with the governments of Central Asia to prevent the spread 
of Avian Influenza among animals and to help prepare for a possible 
human pandemic.  Winrock International and CDC will implement 
regional programs - Winrock focusing on communications and 
veterinary issues, and the CDC on preparing for surveillance and 
response to a human pandemic. 
 
5. Comment: Central Asian countries are located on main wild bird 
flyways from South-East Asia where Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza 
is endemic.  Recent poultry outbreaks in Kazakhstan and Russia have 
demonstrated the threat posed to Central Asia.  The large 
delegations scheduled to participate from the Central Asian states 
represent a hopeful sign of their commitment to prevent and prepare 
for pandemic influenza.  Post will report on the results of the 
conference.  End comment. 
 
ORDWAY

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