The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems project seeks to increase the availability and use of quality medicines and pharmaceutical commodities in Afghanistan.
Installation of the third Turbine Generator at Kajaki Dam Hydropower Plant is part of a major U.S.-funded program in cooperation with the Government of Afghanistan. The first two turbines for Kajaki Dam were commissioned in 1975, and rehabilitated by USAID in 2005 and 2009, respectively. Successful installation and commissioning of the powerhouse’s third hydroelectric generator will result in an addition of 18.5 MW to the existing plant generation capacity of 33 MW. The $75 million on-budget installation began in December 2013 and will end in 2016.
Since 2002, USAID has invested more than $2 billion to support the development of Afghanistan’s road network. As one of Afghanistan’s major development partners, USAID is moving to phase-out investments in road construction and developing the Afghan government’s capacity to perform infrastructure operations and maintenance (O&M). The Road Sector Sustainability Program (RSSP) is designed to assist the government of Afghanistan make the transition through restructuring and reform to self-sustainability in the roads O&M sector.
In 2015, Afghanistan launched its first-ever nationwide effort to gather comprehensive demographic and health information of its citizens. The Demographic and Health Survey will provide rigorous data on fertility levels, marriage rates, awareness and use of family planning methods, breastfeeding practices, nutritional status of mothers and young children, childhood and maternal health and mortality, as well as information on social indicators such as domestic violence.
USAID supports the World Health Organization in the operation of a Disease Early Warning System (DEWS) to collect information on a weekly basis on 15 targeted communicable diseases. By monitoring sites in all 34 provinces, DEWS provides accurate and timely data on the outbreak of diseases and seasonal trends. Investigations result in quick action to mitigate disease outbreaks and prevent epidemics.
Last updated: November 28, 2016