Advances in science have made it possible to end the AIDS epidemic by increasing access to HIV testing and antiretroviral medications among individuals facing the greatest risk of infection. In many countries across Asia and the Pacific, the greatest proportion of new HIV infections each year occur among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women, yet the number of people in these populations accessing HIV services remains very low. With funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. Agency for International Development Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID/RDMA) works to control the epidemic by using better methods to reach, test, treat and retain in clinical services for MSM and transgender women.
USAID/OFDA is airlifting 700 rolls of heavy-duty plastic sheeting to Nepal, which will address the critical shelter needs of up to 35,000 earthquake-affected people. The UN launched a $415 million flash funding appeal for humanitarian response efforts in Nepal, including food, health, and shelter assistance, as well as water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) support. Rescue and relief operations are underway in nine of the 11 most severely affected districts, the UN reports.
- New EVD cases continue decreasing in Guinea and Sierra Leone, but at slower rate
- Government of Guinea (GoG) authorities and EVD response actors launch a four-day EVD detection and prevention campaign in Coyah Prefecture
- WHO reports first confirmed EVD case in Sierra Leone’s Koinadugu District since mid-March
The nearly 130-member USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) arrived in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu on April 28 to support emergency response efforts in cooperation with the Government of Nepal (GoN). USAID/OFDA is contributing $10 million in humanitarian assistance for earthquake response operations.
Relief efforts in response to the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck central Nepal on April 25 are underway in Nepal and other affected countries. The USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART)–comprising nearly 130 humanitarian and urban search-and-rescue (USAR) personnel—are en route to Nepal. USAID/OFDA announced an additional $9 million to support emergency relief operations in Nepal, bringing total USAID funding to $10 million as of April 27.
Visit the Embassy of the United States (http://nepal.usembassy.gov), the U.S. Embassy Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/nepal.usembassy), the US Agency for International Development (http://www.usaid.gov) or the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance Facebook page(http://www.facebook.com/USAID.OFDA) to learn about the April 25, 2015, earthquake in Nepal, the US Government response, and how you can help.
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal at midday local time on April 25, causing fatalities, injuries, and significant structural damage. The Government of Nepal (GoN) has declared a state of emergency and requested international assistance. USAID/OFDA has activated a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and is providing an initial $1 million to address critical humanitarian needs.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) leads the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and partners with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide quality case management and prevention of malaria, strengthen surveillance, monitor control efforts and conduct operational research.
USAID announces $126 million to help rebuild health care systems in EVD-affected West African countries.
The Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU) in Liberia plans to close on April 30.
EVD response teams visit more than 29,000 households in Guinea’s Forécariah Prefecture during pilot stay-at-home period.
The week of April 6–12 reflects the lowest total number of prefectures and districts in EVD-affected countries to report a confirmed EVD case since the end of May 2014.
The Electoral Reform and Civic Advocacy (AERCA) project supports an Afghan-led electoral reform process that addresses inadequacies that were highlighted in past Afghan elections. The current electoral system does not yet allow for full representation of Afghan citizens and limits opportunity for the growth of effective political opposition. In response, AERCA engages with reform-minded civil society advocates to support improvements in the electoral system and facilitates public opinion research on electoral reform and democracy issues.
Last updated: May 07, 2015