September 24, 2014
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The U.S. Government (USG) has launched a whole-of-government response to the EVD outbreak in West Africa, including increased involvement from the U.S. military. On September 16, President Obama announced that an estimated 3,000 U.S. troops plan to deploy to provide logistics support, construct EVD treatment units (ETUs), and train health care workers. Additionally, the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps plans to deploy health care workers to West Africa.
Agriculture plays a critical role in the lives of Afghan people, employing more than eighty percent of the population and contributing one third of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, current agricultural production falls far short of those historically achieved, and continues to lag significantly behind neighboring countries. USAID’s Regional Agriculture Development Program – North (RADP-North) activities support rural Afghans farmers achieve a more inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Infectious Disease Emergence and Economics of Altered Landscapes program is a three-year, $2 million initiative that investigates how changes to landscapes contribute to disease emergence.
Additional EVD treatment units (ETU) and trained staff are urgently needed as the EVD caseload continues to increase in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. USAID/OFDA contributed nearly $7.9 million in additional support for EVD response activities in Liberia. USAID/FFP provided food commodities valued at $6.6 million to support EVD-affected populations in Liberia.
A Participatory Review and Analysis of the Legal and Social Environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Persons and Civil Society
The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Control and Prevention of Tuberculosis project is a five year effort, which runs from October, 2011 to October, 2016, to reduce the incidence and mortality of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Burma, China and Thailand.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Connectivity through Trade and Investment is a five-year project funded by the U.S. government to increase economic engagement and cooperation with ASEAN member states. The program supports customs integration, trade and investment facilitation, small and medium-sized enterprises, clean and efficient energy, and information and communication technologies which are priority areas under the ASEAN-U.S. Trade and Investment Framework Arrangement, Enhanced Economic Engagement Initiative, and Enhanced Partnership Plan of Action.
The heaviest rainfall in recorded history caused widespread floods and some 2,000 landslides across Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in May 2014, destroying everything in their path and affecting one-quarter of the country’s population. Bridges, roads and other infrastructure were damaged extensively. Some 80,000 homes were lost or damaged. Businesses and farms incurred minor to total losses of crops and animals, places of business, inventories, equipment and machinery, and most businesses were still not functioning three months later. Damages and losses are estimated at more than $2 billion. New flooding in early August was a setback to recovery efforts, and in some areas was more damaging than the May floods.
Last updated: September 26, 2014