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Urban search-and-rescue (USAR) specialists on the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) complete operations and depart Nepal. Three shipments containing 1,840 rolls of USAID/OFDA-procured plastic sheeting arrive in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu.

The GoN reports additional damaged and destroyed houses due to the April 25 earthquake and May 12 aftershock. USAID/OFDA airlifts 1,820 additional rolls of plastic sheeting into Nepal. Relief agencies continue to assess earthquake-affected areas and evaluate response priorities and strategies.

USAID is committed to saving the lives of women and children, strengthening families and communities, helping to develop a healthy workforce, and increasing prosperity. USAID focuses on improving capacity to provide basic services to the people of Pakistan by expanding community-based services and establishing innovative public-private partnerships to reduce maternal and infant mortality, and increasing access to and use of quality family planning services. USAID programs center around high-impact health interventions which align with President Obama's Global Health Initiative, the Government of Pakistan's Vision 2025, and provincial health strategies to improve the health and well-being of women and children.

USAID is carrying out comprehensive education programs in Pakistan to help millions of children and young people rise as far as their hard work and initiative will take them.

USAID is working to support Pakistan to extend the writ of government, improve governance, deliver essential services, and expand economic opportunity in unstable areas.

USAID is working with Pakistan to help  the country secure a self-sustaining future by increasing household incomes and employment, nurturing competitive enterprises, expanding trade and investment, creating more rewarding business opportunities (especially for women), building on-farm irrigation infrastructure, and promoting a vibrant agricultural sector.

USAID and Pakistan are working together to help Pakistan meet its growing energy demands, and to alleviate the country's energy crisis. Current initiatives actively increase the availability of sustainable energy to the economy and promote reforms to help the power sector function more efficiently and sustainably.

Search-and-rescue operations resume following the magnitude 7.3 aftershock that struck Nepal’s Dolakha District on May 12. USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) urban search-and-rescue (USAR) personnel rescue a 41-year-old woman in Dolakha’s Singati village. Preliminary reports from the GoN indicate that the May 12 aftershock affected 32 of Nepal’s 75 districts and resulted in at least 65 deaths and more than 1,900 injuries.

With 28 resource partners including non-governmental organizations, bilateral donors and corporations, USAID has built the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT¹) Global Development Partnership in support of LGBT human rights and equality around the world. This transformational 16 million dollar, four year public-private partnership spans 15 countries where USAID works and represents the largest investment to increase human rights, accountability, economic development, sustainability and protections for LGBT persons worldwide. Since its official launch in April 2013, the Partnership has supported the efforts of local LGBT advocates and communities in Africa, Asia, Europe & Eurasia and Latin America & the Caribbean.

At USAID, equal access to foreign aid is not only a matter of human rights, but also critical to holistic, comprehensive and inclusive development. USAID proudly champions LGBTI interests in our policies, practices and initiatives. The Agency has a long history of advancing human rights by supporting and assisting marginalized and vulnerable populations. We continue to make progress, taking a lead role in promoting LGBTI-equality efforts through the integration of rights and empowerment in policies and programming.

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Last updated: April 24, 2014

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