The STOP AI (Stamping Out Pandemic and Avian Influenza) project, funded by the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a Cleaning and Disinfection (C&D) programme here on Tuesday.
The programme is aimed at improving the security of the live bird market at Sreepur Paurosabha in Sreepur Upazila of Gazipur District, read a US Embassy release.
The USAID, through the STOP AI initiative, collaborated with the Sreepur Municipality and the market committee of Gazipur to develop a market improvement plan to prevent the spread of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).
Renovation of the water supply, addition of a bio-gas facility for proper waste disposal and a slaughter house are among the activities of the project.
The live bird markets can be a major source of the avian influenza and can contribute to its spread in Bangladesh and whereas the STOP AI project will help people access to safe food products and minimize the risks of avian influenza from becoming a public health epidemic.
USAID initially piloted Cleaning and Disinfection programs in two major live bird markets at Mohammadpur and Kaptan Bazar in the city.