Education against bird flu

Published on France24, February 07, 2008.

The nineteenth victim of the bird-flu was an Egyptian woman. She was infected by home-raised poultry. For the authorities, it became very important to inform people of the dangers this behaviour involves. But, bad habits die hard. In developing countries, breeding poultry is one of the most practical ways to survive. Chickens and other stock farming birds provide food for the poor on a daily basis, and they can eventually sell what’s left …

… The Egyptian government – in association with UNICEF and Japanese authorities – has started a vast information campaign to try to prevent further deaths. Its goal is to explain to people living in the country what precautions should be taken to minimise the risks of infection. Thus, 13′000 educators are traveling all around Egypt. Knocking on nearly everyone’s door … (full text).

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