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BIRDY brings together partners from France and, during its initial phase, three low-income countriesLow-income countries
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countriesDeveloping country
This term is generally used to describe a nation with a low level of material well-being. Since no single definition of the term developing country is recognized internationally, the levels of development may vary widely within so-called developing countries. Some developing countries have high average standards of living.

The World Bank classifies all low- and middle-income countries as developing but notes, "The use of the term is convenient; it is not intended to imply that all economies in the group are experiencing similar development or that other economies have reached a preferred or final stage of development. Classification by income does not necessarily reflect development status".
around the world. It is not a bank in the common sense. It is made up of two unique development institutions owned by 187 member countries: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). Each institution plays a different but collaborative role in advancing the vision of inclusive and sustainable globalization. The IBRD aims to reduce poverty in middle-income and creditworthy poorer countries, while the IDA focuses on the world's poorest countries.

For operational and analytical purposes, the World Bank's main criterion for classifying economies is gross national income (GNI) per capita. Based on its annual GNI per capita, every economy is classified as low-income, middle income (lower and upper middle income) or high income.

The project is being coordinated by the Institut Pasteur, which has extensive experience in coordinating international, multi-center cohorts. Currently, the Institut Pasteur in Madagascar, the Institue Pasteur in Dakar, and the Institut Pasteur in Cambodia will be participating in the BIRDY project. However, the project is expected to be extended soon to other countries where new partners are willing to join the effort.

The international partner institutions are responsible for implementing paediatric cohorts in urban and/or rural settings.

The BIRDY project team currently involves:

  • the coordinating group based at the Institut Pasteur,

  • the local coordination in each of the participating institutions,

  • as well as a referent paediatricianDr Elsa Kermorvant
    Pediatrician, MD, PhD. EK is neonatologist at Necker Hospital and assistant professor at Paris Descartes University. She joined the BIRDY program as a research advising pediatrician.
    , biostatistician and microbiologist for the project.

  • Additional guidance will be provided by an International Scientific Advisory Board which will monitor the progress and difficulties met by the consortium throughout the project.