Based in Nairobi, USAID/East Africa (USAID/EA) provides assistance across borders, supporting innovative regional programs.
It is my pleasure to be with you this morning to recognize the commitment of the Government of Tanzania to formalize Joint Border Committees. This commitment highlights years of cooperation between the Tanzanian and United States Governments, enabled by assistance provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to reduce the time and cost of transporting goods across borders.
Weak national health systems impede the expansion of essential health services and pose a significant barrier to achieving universal access to health services. Persistent regional challenges include acute shortage of skilled health workers, inadequate facilities and poor infrastructure, limited access to medicines and supplies and non-conducive policy and regulatory environments. The World Health Organization estimates that the Africa region faces an acute shortage of more than 1.5 million health workers and East African countries workforce density falls below the recommended threshold level of 2.3 professional health workers per 1000 persons.
East Africa’s natural resource base provides the building blocks for agricultural production and economic growth in the region. Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED) is a five year $40 million program (2012-2016) designed to mainstream climate-resilient development planning and program implementation into the East African Community (EAC) and its Partner States’ development agendas.
The Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) is a regional organization of 19 African Member States. COMESA’s mission is to “endeavor to achieve sustainable economic and social progress . . . particularly in trade, customs and monetary affairs, transport, communication and information, technology, industry and energy, gender, agriculture, environment and natural resources.
Last updated: May 15, 2015