To improve the health of Djiboutian families, USAID has supported programs to control tuberculosis, polio, and HIV/AIDS, as well as improve nutrition.
- We have strengthened the National Tuberculosis Program, helped maintain the quality assurance system, and improved multi-drug resistant management capacity.
- Djibouti has been polio virus free since 1999, but because it is surrounded by countries with continuing outbreaks, USAID supports the government’s polio surveillance system. Targeted health staff were trained in polio awareness, and nationwide, all children have received the polio vaccine.
- To lower malnutrition, USAID widened the distribution of food aid and supported the National Nutrition Program.
USAID’s current health programs are designed to improve the Ministry of Health’s capacity to deliver effective, high-quality services through improved governance and systems. We provide technical assistance to improve health care organizational structures, systems, and procedures. Health activities include training health personnel in financial management and service delivery, as well as strengthening the health management and information system.
In addition, we successfully negotiated the first U.S.-backed public-private partnership in Djibouti, bringing government, USAID, and Dubai Port World together to address HIV/AIDS along the Djibouti-Ethiopia transport corridor. The agreement will build a 1,600-square foot community center to provide health care to 30,000 truckers and vulnerable people living along the corridor, as well as counseling, testing, education, and personnel.
Last updated: May 10, 2013