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Bangladesh fights AI with aid from World Bank

The World Bank is likely to provide Bangladesh with a loan of US$16.5 million within a year to design specific programmes in tackling the risks of avian flu.

The World Bank has devised a support programme for the developing countries to fight avian fluenza (bird flu)  in animals and was preparing for a possible human flu pandemic through a global funding programme formerly known as the Global Programme for Avian Influenza (GPAI).
However, the pipeline commitment is tentative and the specific amounts and timing are subject to change as well as the existing projects would require restructuring, a seminar on Avian and Human Influenza (AHI) was told in Singapore yesterday.
The bank's board of executive directors endorsed the programme in January this year in Beijing with a pledge of US$1.9 billion dollars.
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