The Afghanistan Engineering Support Program (AESP) provides architectural and engineering services, and trains staff and technicians working for Afghan Ministries in the energy, transportation, water, sanitation, and communication sectors. The $72 million project began in November 2009 and ends in November 2015. Its main goals are raising the level of engineering skills in the Afghan government and businesses, and increasing the quality of engineering works in the country.
USAID Regional Water Management Forum (RWMF) seeks to improve regional transboundary water management and promote sustainable management practices. The $11 million project began in September 2014, and is scheduled to run four years.
The Kabul Urban Water Supply (KUWS) Project was launched by the German Development Bank (KfW) at the request of the Afghan government to provide 50 percent of Kabul’s population with pipe-based drinking water and access to basic sanitation systems. The piped-water system operated by the Afghanistan Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Company covers the needs of less than 20 percent of the Kabul population. The goal of the KUWS Project is to improve the urban water system, creating a healthier environment for the population.
The Gardez-Khost National Highway (NH08) is 101.2-kilometer road linking eastern Afghanistan with the Ghulam Khan Highway in Pakistan. USAID’s Gardez to Khost National Highway (G-K Highway) project includes the creation of an all-weather NH08 by building bridges, causeways, and drainage structures and asphalting pavement to international standards. The G-K road runs through some of Afghanistan’s most difficult, remote and violent terrain. The project’s primary goals are to provide economic and security benefits to the populations of Paktia and Khost provinces.
- Malian authorities and WHO announce the end of the EVD outbreak in Mali following two 21-day cycles without anew confirmed case in the country.
- USAID/OFDA partners commenced operations at the Voinjama town EVD treatment unit (ETU) in Liberia’s Lofa County on January 14.
- The Government of Guinea (GoG) officially reopens public schools countrywide; preparations to reopen schools in Liberia and Sierra Leone remain underway.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Health Research Program helps generate and apply strategic, scientifically sound data in health programming in the region. Malaria, tuberculosis, pandemic influenza, HIV and other emerging infectious diseases pose a significant public health threat throughout Asia, and in particular, the Greater Mekong Sub-region. Headquartered in Bangkok, this five-year program addresses these health threats by supporting health research, building sustainable research capacity and creating a platform for researchers and other stakeholders to access and learn from the program’s initiatives.
- New EVD cases continue to decrease in Liberia, and the number of confirmed cases has declined by 43 percent between December 22 and January 5 in Sierra Leone, according to WHO. Relief agencies continue to implement life-saving activities and underscore the importance of preventative measures.
- Since early January, USAID/OFDA partners have opened one EVD treatment unit (ETU) and four community care centers (CCCs) in Sierra Leone.
- To strengthen coordination, CDC and partner eHealth Africa are supporting the establishment of county-level emergency operation centers (EOCs) in Liberia.
Last updated: January 27, 2015