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February 27, 2006

World bank plans $50,000,000 bird flu aid for Nigeria

Reuters reports: World bank plans $50 mln bird flu aid for Nigeria.

The World Bank is planning a $50 million project to help Nigeria, the first African country to be infected with the avian flu virus, the bank said on Friday.

Funding for the project will come from the bank's new global financing facility for avian flu, worth up to $500 million. Under that program, the bank has already given the go-ahead for a $4 million grant to Kyrgyzstan to help prepare for possible outbreaks. The bank said it is also drawing up plans to help Niger, which borders Nigeria.

World Bank's news release about the $50 million. While Kyrgyzstan is getting a grant, it's not clear whether Nigeria is to get a grant or just a loan.

Posted by dymaxion at February 27, 2006 01:22 PM

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