Because disease knows no borders, USAID assists West African countries in developing networks of nongovernmental and public sector organizations to coordinate national and regional responses to persistent problems such as malaria and HIV/AIDS. USAID and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria are providing technical support to ensure funds are used most effectively throughout West Africa. We help West African countries develop and implement policies and best practices that promote effective maternal and child health interventions.
USAID is also improving health standards by strengthening health systems and promoting best practices. By supporting the adoption of proven, successful health practices, USAID is strengthening management and technical capacity of regional institutions to provide health services in the long term.
We help countries forecast their need for contraceptives and plan for contraceptive security, as well as supply contraceptives to certain countries. In Togo and Burkina Faso, we expand access to high-quality voluntary family planning services and information on a sustainable basis. USAID also helps West African countries develop and implement policies and best practices for voluntary family planning.
We support efforts to leverage other donor resources to increase the available volume of fortified cooking oil and other foodstuffs, including wheat flour, in order to address the nutritional needs of mothers and children. Additionally, USAID engages governments and institutions such as WAHO and the West African Monetary Union to accelerate mandatory Vitamin A fortification of cooking oil and other food products.
Last updated: January 23, 2014