Saturday, August 13, 2011

US Targets Indonesia for Disease Eradication

DENPASAR

The US is focussing on Indonesia in its international efforts to fight various infectious diseases, an American official said in Bali.

US Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Kerry-Ann Jones had previously announced a half-million-dollar funding package to help Bali’s authorities tackle the ongoing rabies epidemic, and was in Bali to observe how the funding will be used.

“Indonesia has become the focus of our programme in the prevention of infectious disease and other ailments caused by climate change and biodiversity issues,” she said last Friday, explaining that rabies and bird flu ranked highly among the diseases targeted by the program.

Jones said that tackling diseases such as rabies and bird flu required a joint approach from both animal and human health authorities, adding that if the US-funded anti-rabies measures proved successful, the US may target other health issues in the country.

“We can arrange other long-term programmes to suppress and control infectious diseases in Indonesia,” she said.

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