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A Bird in the Hand
Produced by: Sophia Yow
Hugh Chiverton
Avian Flu has hit many Asian countries, but Hong Kong, where the disease first spread to humans, has not been affected. Still, there are increasing calls to end the sale of live chickens which are chosen and killed at markets and shops across the city. Should Hong Kong stop the sale of freshly slaughtered chicken? Scientists agree this simple public health measure would reduce the risk of a worldwide pandemic which has killed tens of millions. But what if that measure goes against habit, culture and tradition; and what if no one can calculate the risk? How much is a bird in the hand really worth? Producers Hugh Chiverton and Sophia Yow of Radio Television Hong Kong present A Bird in the Hand as part of our special international collaboration, Global Perspectives: Check-up on World Health.

Program Credits

A Bird in the Hand was produced by Sophia Yow and Hugh Chiverton of Radio Television Hong Kong. Hong Kong has taken additional measures to prevent outbreaks – the central slaughtering plant is planned for the year 2011, and in the meantime, backyard chicken-raising has been banned. Despite the precautions, random testing revealed an outbreak of the avian flu virus, causing authorities to “cull” – that is, kill, every live chicken on the market. This program originally aired as part of the special international collaboration, Global Perspectives: Checkup on World Health.


Global Perspectives Series on World Health
A provocative look at health care around the world. Aging issues, life and death matters, public policy and personal decisions. SOUNDPRINT offers a health "check-up" in a groundbreaking global collaboration of the world's best documentary producers. Tune in for a screening of health issues from around the globe.

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