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Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 4:30pm

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – Amid new indications that the rate of maternal mortality has worsened in the country, officials from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), international health organizations, and other government agencies met at the National Maternal and Newborn Health Conference last week to address the issues and help save the lives of Afghan women and children.

Over the two-day event, the conference’s participants worked to develop a strategy that includes an agreed timeline for key short term (6-12 months) and long term (1-5 years) priorities to address the leading causes of maternal mortality and newborn health issues, along with public and private sector implementation approaches and program accountability mechanisms at the provincial and community levels that are responsive to the high burden of maternal and newborn deaths.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 5:15am
LASHKAR GAH, HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN- On June 3, 2009, the United States, in partnership with the Afghan Ministry of Transportation & Civil Aviation (MoTCA), opened Lashkar Gah’s Bost Airstrip in Helmand Province. Bost is the only completely civilian airstrip in Southern Afghanistan and is the catalyst for re-establishing commercial air service in Helmand.
 
Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 5:15am
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- An estimated 50,000 people participated in the Kabul International Fresh Fruit and Vegetable AgFair on May 20-22 to celebrate Afghanistan’s fast-growing agricultural sector and forge business deals that capitalize on the country’s abundance of fresh produce ranging from pomegranates and grapes to cauliflower and spinach.
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 5:15am
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- Today, thousands of farmers, agribusiness representatives, international investors, government officials, and visitors came together for the launch of the Kabul International Fresh Fruit and Vegetable AgFair.  Held at Badam Bagh Farm, the fair showcases Afghanistan’s wealth of fresh produce, provides lucrative business opportunities, and demonstrates innovative agricultural technologies.  It is expected to attract more than 50,000 participants from May 21-22.
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 5:15am
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- On May 20, 2009, U.S. Deputy Ambassador Francis Ricciardone held a roundtable discussion with students at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAf).
 
In his opening remarks, Deputy Ambassador Ricciardone stated that “You, the students using this impressive facility, are part of the transformational change taking place in Afghanistan today.  I encourage your firm commitment to participating in your country’s development.”
 
Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 5:15am
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced the award of a five-year, $150 million cooperative agreement to promote sustainable growth of the licit agricultural economy in select poppy-producing areas of northern, eastern, and north-central Afghanistan.
 
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 5:15am
ASADABAD, KUNAR, AFGHANISTAN- On May 12, 2009, 116 skilled craftsmen graduated from the Kunar Construction Center. The graduates are the fourth class to complete the Center’s three-month construction skills course, earning certifications in carpentry, electrical work, masonry, painting, plumbing, or rebar placement.
 
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 5:00am
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- On May 5, 2009, the United States Agency for International Development signed a $1 million host country contract (HCC) with the Afghan Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).  The  HCC will enable the Ministry to improve information and communications technology coverage and infrastructure throughout government institutions, as well as to increase access to information for the people of Afghanistan. 
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 5:00am
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- From April 29-May 10, 2009, USAID will conduct Afghanistan’s first gemology course. Taught by legendary ‘gem-hunter’ and gemologist Gary Bowersox, the course will train 30 participants (half of whom are women) from Kabul, Panjsher, Nuristan, Kunduz, and Bamyan provinces to recognize the difference between real and synthetic gemstones.
 
Monday, April 27, 2009 - 5:00am
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- On April 27, 2009, the United States of America and the City of Kabul joined in launching a $25 million cash-for-work program to reduce food insecurity in Afghanistan’s urban areas.  The Food Insecurity Response for Urban Populations Program was developed in response to the growing inability of Kabul residents to feed their families due to unemployment, rising food prices, and drought. 
 

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