The national science academies of the G8 nations and Brazil, China, India and South Africa have signed a statement on avian influenza and infectious diseases.
The statement stresses that the world faces the possibility
of a new human influenza pandemic caused by the spread of avian
influenza. All countries of the world should cooperate to
address the present issues surrounding avian influenza, as well
as continuing with long term global strategies to address other
major and emerging infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS,
tuberculosis and malaria. The statement calls on world leaders,
particularly those meeting at the G8 Summit in St Petersburg in
July 2006, to implement the following recommendations.
Provide support to developing nations in the
implementation of their own national strategies to address
avian influenza and other infectious diseases.
Improve the coordination of global surveillance for the
control of emerging and zoonotic diseases.
Mobilise global scientific and medical communities in
order to develop new vaccines and drugs and new more rapid
methods for the production of vaccines. Governments and the
scientific community should also promote international
cooperation between human health and veterinary experts to
elaborate new methods for detection, diagnosis, prevention
and treatment of infectious diseases.
Encourage Governments to collaborate in the collection of
clinical and epidemiological data implement strategies that
allow clinical data to be accessed and shared, particularly
in the early stages of a pandemic.
The world community must ensure that the focus on avian
influenza does not compete with, but rather motivates the
development of broad-based and sustainable infrastructure
with the capacity to address an array of infectious disease