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Cambodia's Victim Zero: Global and National Responses to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza


Sophal Ear


U.S. Naval Postgraduate School

April 16, 2009

STEPS Working Paper No. 16

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Cambodia’s experience with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) since the disease was discovered on a farm outside Phnom Penh in January 2004 reveals important aspects of how a developing country with limited resources and capabilities has responded to a crisis that has global public health implications and, vice-versa, how this global response in turn affected Cambodia. Augmented by a survey sent to individuals deeply involved in HPAI work in Cambodia, this study uses a qualitative research methodology consisting of mostly one-on-one semi-structured interviews across government, the private sector, and the non-governmental sector. Measures have been taken to cope with HPAI such as public awareness campaign ‘Super Moan’ (Super Chicken) and Pandemic Preparedness; border control over the movement of poultry with neighboring countries, particularly Vietnam and Thailand; culling of poultry; and case-based secret compensation. The study provides a background to Cambodian political and modern history, sets the context of aid dependence and tourism, and presents the livestock sector and poultry sub-sector in particular. It then proceeds in three parts, from beginning, middle, to end to show how HPAI evolved, providing a narrative time line of the key policy moments/phases between the first outbreak and to date (December 2008). Three narratives are explored: (1) culling without compensation; (2) the shift to health; and (3) the role of poverty and livelihoods. The study then discusses three key themes that define the political economy of the policy process. These are: (a) Donors and NGOs; (b) Beyond Aid: Other Sources of Revenue and the Importance of Tourism; and (c) Media Spin. The overall analysis of the political economy of HPAI in Cambodia reveals key challenges, obstacles and opportunities for responding to HPAI - and potentially other global epidemics.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 104

Keywords: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, Cambodia, Political Economy

JEL Classification: P26, P32, P33

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Date posted: April 17, 2009 ; Last revised: May 10, 2009

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Ear, Sophal, Cambodia's Victim Zero: Global and National Responses to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (April 16, 2009). STEPS Working Paper No. 16. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1388243 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1388243

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