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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 4:45am

Kabul, Afghanistan – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Public Health announced a partnership that will enable the Afghan government to better identify local revenue streams in order to provide sustainable, affordable health services to its citizens.

The new five-year, $37.9 million Health Sector Resiliency (HSR) Project funded by USAID will help the Ministry of Public Health foster a strengthened, reformed, and increasingly self-reliant Afghan health system. The project primarily focuses on management, finance, and human resources for health.

Afghanistan has made remarkable achievements over the last 14 years in expanding access to health care services, which are now accessible even to communities in highly difficult terrain. Government funding for healthcare is low, and Afghan families are burdened with paying high out-of-pocket costs for services. Due to variations in quality and standards, Afghan families also spend up to $285 million annually for health care abroad.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 1:45am
ASADABAD, KUNAR, AFGHANISTAN- On September 15, 2008, a new class of 138 skilled craftsmen graduated from the Kunar Construction Center.  For three months the members of the class trained in one of six basic construction skills areas and today were certified to join the workforce in masonry, carpentry, plumbing, electricity, rebar bending or placement or painting.
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 1:45am
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- U.S. supplies nearly half of the emergency food aid requested in emergency appeal.
 
In response to an urgent international appeal, the U.S. Government this fall will provide 35,000 tons of new food and commodities worth $43 million USD to ensure that the most vulnerable Afghans receive adequate food this winter. This contribution of oil, lentils, corn-soy flour, and wheat will be distributed to those Afghans most affected this year by drought and increased food prices.
 
Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 1:45am
GHOR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN- Isolated Ghor Province receives life-saving supplies.
 
Over the next three years, USAID will provide over 23,000 metric tons of commodities for the benefit of around 380,000 beneficiaries in Ghor province.  
 
Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 1:45am
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- In response to a joint appeal from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan, the United States Government is contributing 50,000 tons of wheat for the United Nations World Food Programme emergency operation in Afghanistan. 
 
Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 1:45am
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- Today, Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) Director General Jelani Popal, U.S. Ambassador William Wood, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Michael Yates signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support the IDLG Strategic Work Plan with $94.6 million in project activities.
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - 1:45am
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 1:45am
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- USAID efforts to improve the availability of alternative livelihoods for farmers is paying off for Afghanistan in the war against poppy production. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported today in its 2008 opium-poppy cultivation report for Afghanistan that the number of poppy-free provinces increased from 13 in 2007 to 18 provinces today and opium cultivation has fallen by 19% nationwide to its lowest level since 2006. 
 
Friday, August 22, 2008 - 1:30am
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- Businesses from around the world attend the 3rd annual Kabul AgFair.
 
The Kabul International Agricultural Fair on August 20-22 cut inroads for Afghan products into hard-to-penetrate foreign markets, helping Afghans once again make their exports known around the world.  Promoting Afghan products at home and abroad increases farm incomes, reduces prices for local consumers, and strengthens food security.
 
Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 1:30am
LASHKAR GAH, HELMAND PROVINCE- More than 3,000 people recently attended the agricultural fair (AgFair) in Helmand Province hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock and USAID.
 
The AgFair opened with speeches by Helmand Governor Mohammad Gulab Mangal and the Director of the Helmand Ministry of Agriculture, Gulam Nabi.  A Helmandi farmer and a local trader also gave speeches stressing the importance of meeting at the AgFair to solidify business relationships.
 

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Last updated: February 04, 2016

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