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Saving Lives, Changing Lives: For half a century, USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance has provided humanitairan assistance around the world, saving countless lives on behalf of the American people. This year, USAID is looking back on 50 years of life-saving assistance and celebrating the difference the Unites States-and our partners-have made helping the most vulnerable people prepare and survive the world's worst disasters.

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50 YEARS OF HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE

From 1964-2014, USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) has responded to more than 2,500 disasters in over 80% of the world. As the lead U.S. government coordinator of international disaster assistance, OFDA has responded to many types of disasters over 50 years, including earthquakes, droughts, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, civil unrest, and even a nuclear meltdown.

When monsoon rains triggered massive flooding that engulfed one-fifth of Pakistan, OFDA worked with its partners to provide shelter

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PROVIDING LIFE-SAVING AID AROUND THE WORLD

USAID's humanitarian work includes efforts to save lives by delivering shelter, safe drinking water, improved sanitation, critical relief supplies, and emergency medical care to people and places most in need. It also includes our work to change lives and build resilience by helping vulnerable communities prepare for disasters before they strike.

Click on the highlighted countries below to learn more about our work saving and changing lives.

With each basket of mud, Rahim Begum and her 7-year old son make their home more resistant to cyclones and flooding.

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FIND OUT MORE

To learn more about OFDA's disaster response efforts, visit our website and follow us on social media.

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Last updated: September 30, 2014

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