Avian Influenza And Global Influenza Pandemic Preparedness

Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey

Timeframe: 2006-2011

Budget: €10 million (MEDA)


It aims at minimising the socio-economic impact of the avian influenza crisis in Mediterranean Partner Countries with limited resources, and reduce the risk and potential consequences of human influenza pandemic.
The project wants to ensure that avian influenza andother zoonoses are either prevented or progressively brought under control and eradicated in targeted countries, and that there is increased human influenza pandemic preparedness.
What does it do?
The project provides financial support and expertise for the development and implementation of strategic, multi-sectoral actions and plans with respect to avian influenza and other zoonoses, as well as human influenza pandemic preparedness. In the short to medium term, this involves strengthening national institutional capacity with the aim of controlling avian influenza and ensuring a rapid response to and the containment of human cases of the disease. For the longer term, sector reforms and changes in human interaction with livestock are to reduce the risk of further zoonoses and of animal to human transmission of diseases.
The objectives are pursued in the context of global strategies recommended by WHO, FAO and OIE, and in the context of the integrated action plans (being) developed by the beneficiary countries. The EC resources are channelled through the special Multi Donor Trust Fund for Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza managed by the World-Bank.
What's next?
Activities have already been launched in West-Bank-Gaza and in Egypt in early-2008. An International Conference on Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza was held in Cairo in October 2008.


Actions in brief


  •       Promotes the rehabilitation and upgrading of veterinary health laboratories.
  •       Supports the equipping of laboratories and personal protection equipment for health staff and health centres.
  •       Backs the development of a surveillance database.
  •       Facilitates the selection of consultants for the development of guidelines for culling.
  •       Promotes vaccination and disposal; training plans for both animal and human health.


EU Cooperation with Syria is currently suspended due to the political situation in the country; however, since in principle Syria is eligible for cooperation under the ENPI, activities may be taken up again once the situation improves.

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