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Saturday, April 25, 2015

·      Mohammed Nasim, Honorable Minister of Health and Family Welfare;

·      Zahid Maleque, State Minister of Health and Family Welfare;

·      Syed Monjurul Islam, Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare;

·      Mohammad Wahid Hossain, Director General of NIPORT;

·      Ambassador Marcia Bernicat;

·      Esteemed guests, colleagues, members of the media, ladies and gentlemen:

          Assalamu aleikum, nomoshkar and good afternoon.  I am delighted to be here today at the official release of the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey’s preliminary results. I want to congratulate our partners at NIPORT, Mitra and Associates, ICF International, and ICDDR,B, and our USAID health team members for their excellent work. Your tireless efforts have given us this valuable opportunity to closely examine the progress and remaining challenges in our work together to improve people’s health in Bangladesh.

          Data, information, and evidence are the cornerstone of all successful development programs – especially in health – and USAID is strongly committed to using these valuable tools. The Demographic and Health Surveys are one of USAID’s most successful initiatives worldwide; DHS reports have been produced in more than 80 different countries.  

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 8:45am

As I am sure all of you know, nowhere in the world is development such an important part of U.S. engagement as it is in Africa.  And today, Africans are the architects of their development, not just beneficiaries.  Donors support their plans, they do not dictate them. Citizens demand democracy, not autocracy, and they are seizing the opportunities to shape the future of their countries.  And, development work needs good governance if it is to fully succeed and last.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 2:15am

 On behalf of the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID), I would like to congratulate the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-PENRO Isabela under the leadership of PENRO William Savella for spearheading the Earth Day 2015 celebration in this province.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 9:30pm

Tôi rất vinh hạnh được tham gia cùng quý vị trong buổi lễ chiều nay nhân Ngày Người khuyết tật Việt Nam. Năm nay, Việt Nam và Hoa Kỳ kỷ niệm 20 năm bình thường hóa quan hệ ngoại giao giữa hai nước. Trong suốt thời gian này, chính phủ hai nước đã hợp tác và đạt được những thành tựu đáng kể trên nhiều lĩnh vực, về tăng trưởng kinh tế, thương mại, y tế, giáo dục và hỗ trợ các nhóm yếu thế, trong đó có người khuyết tật.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 9:30pm

It is an honor to join you this afternoon on National Disability Day. This year Vietnam and the United States celebrate the 20th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between our two countries. During that period our governments have partnered for significant achievements in areas of economic growth and trade, health, education, and support to vulnerable populations including persons with disabilities.

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 3:15pm

The acceleration of development and the eradication of poverty have been the enduring commitments of USAID throughout our more than 50-year history. And yet we stand today at a unique time, with unique opportunities.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 12:45am

Just as the U.S. – India relationship has evolved, so has the way we address development challenges together.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 12:30am

Thank you all for coming together with us to have this very important discussion. And allow me to recognize the presence of Undersecretary Gil Beltran from the Department of Finance in the Philippines, with thanks  for taking time out of your very busy schedule to attend this important event. Of course I would also like to thank Stephen O’Connell, USAID’s Chief Economist who is joining us from Washington DC, and so many other distinguished guests.

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:00am

I am delighted to be with you today on the beautiful campus of Dhaka University to open the International Conference on Gender, Diversity, and Development. Today, and throughout this event, we celebrate the achievements that Bangladesh has made in empowering women. More importantly, this conference provides a platform for us all to discuss the challenges ahead – challenges that we must address now – to fully affect change and achieve true equality for all women and girls.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:45pm

As we have already heard this morning, South Africa is burdened by one of the most severe TB epidemics in the world. Additionally, South Africa has the greatest burden of HIV-infected individuals - and the TB and HIV epidemics are fueling each other.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 8:00am

It is an exciting time as 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the normalization of U.S.-Vietnam diplomatic relations.

The anniversary is an opportunity to take stock in how far this relationship has come and how much it has benefited the people from our countries. Over the past 20 years, our bilateral trade has grown from only $450 million to over $35 million annually in 2014. Over approximately the same time period the people of Vietnam have reduced their country’s poverty level from nearly 60 percent in the 1990s to 17 percent in 2012.

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