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is a not-for-profit and nongovernmental policy and research organization established in 2003 to conduct research, develop policy recommendations, and implement activities in the field of the rural development.

Rural Development Fund

is a not-for-profit and nongovernmental policy and research organization established in 2003 to conduct research, develop policy recommendations, and implement activities in the field of the rural development.

Rural Development Fund

is a not-for-profit and nongovernmental policy and research organization established in 2003 to conduct research, develop policy recommendations, and implement activities in the field of the rural development.

Rural Development Fund

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Control Of Avian Influenza And Other Zoonotic Diseases. Pandemic Preparedness and Response.

 

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
At the end of 2003 in several countries of  South-East Asia, outbreaks of highly pathogenic  avian influenza (HPAI) occurred in Europe. They have had a detrimental impact on the poultry industry and caused  serious global public health concern.
In 2005 virus began to spread from South - East Asia to the North-West. In August the cases of outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza in poultry have been registered in four regions of Northern and Central Kazakhstan.  The outbreak occurred in the result of contact between poultry and wild birds, which spread this disease from infected neighboring countries. The negative influence was exerted on poultry production in Kyrgyzstan, and about 15,000 birds died. Outbreaks have occurred in China in areas that are very close to Kyrgyzstan.
The Central Asian countries are more likely to drift HPAI, as they have little possibility of early detection of HPAI. Seasonal migrations of birds contribute to greater transmission of the virus in different geographical regions. Kyrgyzstan is located at the intersection of the flyway for migratory birds. Fortunately,  in the Kyrgyz Republic there were no cases of bird flu.

 

Communication Strategy

In 2006, the RDF conducted a rapid survey on public awareness about bird flu preparation to respond to a pandemic of avian flu. All these years, various governmental institutions and international organizations conducted communications programs on many zoonotic diseases.  Information materials were distributed and made it available through the Center for Health Promotion, Health Committees, a network of veterinary laboratories, and local governments. The content of the materials on zoonotic diseases often describe the work with the animals and the means of protection. This information was prepared for people who are directly engaged in domestic animals. Television  has been used as one of the main sources of information.

 

Aim of the Project
The aim of study was  to determine the level of awareness and preparedness of the various segments of the population in matters of avian influenza and other zoonotic diseases, as well as to assess the impact and effectiveness of past and current communication efforts.
Efficiency of dissemination of information materials depended on notification of the population, the combination of communication campaigns with the veterinary and environmental measures: vaccination of cattle rearing livestock in accordance with zootechnical rules, conducting health work environment (water, pasture, soil), and the timely identification of infected animals.
Thus, in order to be ready to unexpected incidents of the disease, it is necessary to identify the awareness of the disease and its consequences. This study was organised by the RDF by order of the Ministry of Agriculture.

 

Objectives of Research
- Determination of  level of public awareness about bird flu and risks of disease;
- Research of the socio-cultural habits and practices relevant to the issues of meat and poultry products,      
   including yard poultry, farming and trade;
- Determination of the level of preparedness for action in the event of a pandemic;
- Identification of the most effective and accessible delivery channels;
- Monitoring and evaluation of  ongoing communication campaign (information, training) among the population;
- Providing timely recommendations to improve communication campaign.

 

Place of Implementation
The research was conducted in all regions of the country with a sample of 1,200 respondents. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods were used.

Main Activities of the Project
By order of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Kyrgyz Republic RDF conducted a survey across the country on issues of public awareness of outbreaks of avian influenza and other zoonotic diseases in 2010.
A sociological survey (questionnaire) consisted of  3 stages: verification, spot-checking, conducting a final assessment. The survey was conducted by professional interviewers, who passed training on  research methodology.
Extensive in-depth interviews with key informants and stakeholders have been conducted. Most of the interviews were conducted with experts of the Department of Sanitary Inspection under the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic, the National Center for Quarantine and Dangerous Infections, National Center for Health Promotion, the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry, the State Department of Veterinary Medicine.

 

Project Results
Collected quantitative data were included in the statistical database SPSS, processed and analyzed.
RDF experts prepared a final report, which includes all materials and data collected during the study. Additional  information is available on  general@rdf.in.kg or General Division of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Rural Development Fund

Geologicheskiy str., Office 1

Bishkek, 720005, Kyrgyz Republic

Phone: +996 (312)590828 

Mob. phone: +996 (770)330106 

Email: general@rdf.in.kg

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