World Bank gives $15M to Indonesia's bird flu fight

The World Bank is granting $15 million to help Indonesia cope with bird flu, which already claimed 49 lives in the country. “Indonesia badly needs money to continue to spread its avian influenza control efforts throughout the 440 districts in the country. The money that is being discussed today is a small amount, but it is an important amount that is going to make a difference.” Dr David Nabarro, Senior United Nations System Influenza Coordinator, said. Jakarta estimated that the country would need $250 million to stem the outbreak. According to the World Bank, donors have already committed $1.2 billion, of which $331 million has already been disbursed. (Source: World Bank announces $15m grant to help Indonesia fight bird flu/Channel News Asia)

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