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Cablegate: Ai Program Review - Terms of Reference

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RR RUEHCHI RUEHCN RUEHHM
DE RUEHJA #0398 0590604
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 280604Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY JAKARTA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8123
RUEHPH/CDC ATLANTA GA
INFO RUEAUSA/DEPT OF HHS WASHINGTON DC
RUEHRC/USDA FAS WASHDC
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS
RHHMUNA/HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HI
RHHMUNA/CDR USPACOM HONOLULU HI//J07/CATMED/CAT//
RUEHBK/AMEMBASSY BANGKOK 8347
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA 2060
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 1089
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 7736

UNCLAS JAKARTA 000398

SIPDIS

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE

DEPT FOR EAP/MTS, G/AIAG AND OES
USAID FOR ANE/CLEMENTS AND GH/CARROLL
DEPT ALSO PASS TO HHS/WSTEIGER/ABHAT/MSTLOUIS AND HHS/NIH
GENEVA FOR WHO/HOHMAN
USDA/DU/S LAMBERRT AND USDA/FAS/OSTA ROSENBLUM
USDA/APHIS ANNELLI

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TBIO AMED CASC EAGR AMGT PGOV ID
SUBJECT: AI PROGRAM REVIEW - TERMS OF REFERENCE

REF: Jakarta 137

FROM AMBASSADOR HUME TO AMBASSADOR LANGE

1. (SBU) Despite possible signs of progress on the sample sharing
impasse with the Ministry of Health, I remain concerned about the
Indonesian government's management of avian influenza. Given
Indonesia's position as the epicenter of avian influenza human and
poultry outbreaks, the lack of progress in controlling disease among
birds and humans, the increasing human case fatality rate, and
evidence that the disease within poultry is a serious problem in
both the commercial sector as well as backyard poultry, I remain
convinced that the Indonesian government needs assistance in
controlling the disease to avoid setting off a pandemic. Per our
recommendation reftel, we support an external review of our avian
influenza program assistance. We need to know whether we have our
priorities right and whether we need to adjust current efforts to
meet the challenges ahead.

2. (U) Our Avian Influenza Working Group has developed draft terms
of reference (TOR) for this review which we will transmit to the
Avian Influenza Advisory Group via e-mail. The TOR outlines our
proposed objectives, scope of work, evaluation team composition,
methods, deliverables, actions, timeline and budget for the review.
I welcome feedback from you and the rest of the interagency group on
our draft TOR.

HUME

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