"Being LGBT in Asia” is a ground-breaking, first-of-its-kind initiative to support Asia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. It works to bolster basic LGBT rights across the continent and in specific focus countries including China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. In 2014, the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok, through the section for Regional Development Cooperation, joined the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a lead funding partner, raising the profile of regional organizations and institutions in addressing LGBT rights issues. The program will be implemented through 2017.
- The total number of deaths attributed to EVD in West Africa surpassed 9,300 in recent days, according to WHO.
- Health actors in Margibi County, Liberia, recently reported a confirmed case of EVD, marking the first case in the county since December and the first case outside of Montserrado County since January.
- On February 16, the Government of Liberia (GoL) reopened schools, and students attended classes for the first time since August. The GoL originally closed schools as a result of the sharp increase in EVD cases.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has long recognized the critical role of development in addressing social, economic, governance and other factors that can drive violent extremism or radicalization of individuals and communities. Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) is central to achieving the Agency’s mission to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing our security and prosperity.
- On February 11, U.S. President Barack Obama praised the USG and the humanitarian community on their EVD response activities in West Africa. He also lauded DoD’s contribution to the response and announced the withdrawal of the majority of DoD staff by the end of April.
- The total number of deaths attributed to EVD in West Africa surpassed 9,000 in recent days, according to WHO.
- Only three of Liberia’s counties have reported confirmed cases in the past 42 days—12 counties have completed two 21-day cycles of the EVD monitoring period.
- EVD vaccination trials will begin in the three acutely affected countries in West Africa during the coming weeks.
- Weekly EVD case incidence increased in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone for the first time in 2015; during the week of January 26, WHO reported 124 new confirmed cases—39 cases in Guinea, five cases in Liberia, and 80 cases in Sierra Leone.
- Grand Cape Mount County in Liberia has not reported a new confirmed EVD case in 21 days; Montserrado is the only Liberian county to report new confirmed EVD cases in the previous three weeks.
The President’s Budget request for the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) directly supports the forthcoming National Security Strategy by helping to build and sustain a more secure, prosperous, and democratic world. The Budget proposes targeted investments in international programs that will help mobilize collective action to meet global challenges, counter terrorism and violent extremism overseas, strengthen the U.S. economy, and support United States citizens and the U.S. presence overseas. The Budget also advances diplomatic engagement on issues such as environment, energy, human rights, and non-proliferation policies as well as strengthens democratic institutions overseas.
Installation of Turbine Generator Unit 2 at Kajaki Dam Hydropower Plant (Kajaki Unit 2) is part of a major U.S.-funded project in cooperation with the Government of Afghanistan. Kajaki Dam Units 1 and 3 were commissioned in 1975 and rehabilitated by USAID in 2005 and 2009 respectively. Successful installation and commissioning of the powerhouse’s third hydroelectric generator, Unit 2, will result in an addition of 18.5 MW to the existing 33 MW output capacity. The $75 million on-budget project began in May 2013, and is scheduled to be completed in 2016.
- With support from the Government of Germany, a temporary unit for treating non-EVD infections opened in Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia on January 23.
- The Government of Senegal (GoS) reopened land border crossings with Guinea on January 26. The GoS had closed all borders with Guinea on August 21 due to the EVD outbreak and previously reopened air and sea borders with Guinea on November 14.
- As of January 26, the Government of Liberia (GoL) had reported a total of 21 confirmed cases in the last 21 days—eight cases from Grand Cape Mount County and 13 from Montserrado County.
Last updated: February 27, 2015