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Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 2:15am

Kabul, Afghanistan - For two years, the problem at Tarakhil Power Plant baffled engineers and international consultants.  However, Afghan engineer Ehsan Khaibar figured out how to bring the plant’s master engine controls back online.  Khaibar, an electrical engineer, works at the Afghan national power utility, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS).

Khaibar’s solution potentially saved the U.S. government more than $850,000 and put an end to a challenge that two international contractors were unable to solve over the last two years.  He also successfully repaired the system that controls the switchyard of the power plant.

The fix to Tarakhil’s Master Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system enables operators to control all 18 engines of the power plant from one power control room.  Previously each block of engines had to be controlled from three different control centers.

Afghanistan’s CEO Abdullah Abdullah joined USAID MD William Hammink and Minister of Women’s Affairs Dilbar Nazari at the event.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 8:45am

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah joined USAID Mission Director William Hammink and Minister of Women’s Affairs Dilbar Nazari at the inaugural meeting of the Promote Advisory Committee to advance women’s empowerment in Afghanistan. The Committee will provide stewardship during the implementation of USAID’s Promoting Gender Equity in National Priority Programs, referred to as Promote.

More than 100 employers came to meet 10,000 job seekers in a Mega Job Fair in Herat, June 16 - 17.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 5:45am

Herat, Afghanistan – USAID’s Afghanistan Workforce Development Program (AWDP), in partnership with nine private vocational and business training providers and the Herat Provincial government, held a two-day Mega Job Fair on June 16 - 17.  The event connected graduates of AWDP with private sector employers in fields such as construction, financial and project management, marketing, information technology, and sectors in need of youth and women personnel. 

The panel at the Renewable Energy Summit and Exhibition
Monday, June 22, 2015 - 4:30am

Kabul – Afghanistan – The Afghanistan Renewable Energy Union and the Ministry of Energy and Water held the first Afghan Renewable Energy Summit and Exhibition with an “Access to Finance” theme.  The Kabul event took place June 13 - 14, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the Embassy of India.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 5:15am

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new $13.3 million program to make it easier for private sector firms to do business in Afghanistan.

William Hammink, USAID/Afghanistan Mission Director, gives speech during the event.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 7:30am

U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan June 9 -- The Honorable Ferozuddin Feroz, Afghanistan’s Minister of Public Health, joined William Hammink, Mission Director for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Afghanistan, at the launch of a new five-year USAID program to reduce Afghanistan’s high rate of death among mothers, infants and children under age five. 

Afghanistan Government and Partners sign Historic Declaration based on new study to save thousands of women and child lives
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 6:15am

KABUL, 12 May 2014 - The Government of Afghanistan today officially signed the Kabul Declaration for Maternal and Child Health, a pledge by government, United Nations agencies, civil society and donors to implement cost-effective, high-impact interventions that will save the lives of more than 35,000 children over the next five years.

The Declaration also includes a commitment to improve government accountability, through a quarterly performance review of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health using the new Call to Action scorecards.

H.E Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health, delivers his speech.
Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 7:00am

KABUL, Afghanistan, 10 May 2015 – Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health, donors and international experts gathered today to review the country’s progress in maternal and child health, and identify ways to save over 35,000 lives of children with cost-effective, high-impact health interventions by 2020.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 2:15am

Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan – On Thursday, April 30, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), launched the Challenge TB campaign.  The campaign aims to improve the ability of Afghan doctors and healthcare workers to detect and treat Afghans suffering from tuberculosis (TB).

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 7:45am

Kabul, Afghanistan – Two delegations of Afghan transportation officials completed study tours to India, Kenya and Tanzania to gain a better understanding of how road maintenance institutions were developed and have improved transportation infrastructure in those countries, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced on Tuesday. The study tours were part of a USAID project to help Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) develop a sustainable approach to road maintenance in Afghanistan.

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