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Monday, May 18, 2020 - 7:00am

Bangkok, Thailand -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Wildlife Asia project is partnering with the People’s Committee of Da Nang City to place public service announcements (PSAs) against illegal wildlife consumption in thirteen strategic locations around the city and the Da Nang International Airport until August 2020. The strategic placements have an estimated foot traffic of 8.7 million residents and visitors for six months.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 4:30am

The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has committed an additional $1.5 million to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Kingdom of Thailand.  In coordination with the Royal Thai Government, USAID will partner with local and international organizations to increase its support to curb the pandemic.

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 3:45am

The United States Government announced nearly $2 million in funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to expand U.S. support for Thailand in response to the global spread of COVID-19.  This support builds upon ongoing USAID and other U.S. Government investments in health development, particularly those aimed at building the capacity to prevent, detect and respond to infectious diseases. Specifically, $700,000 will be implemented through the World Health Organization (WHO), $329,000 through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and $800,000 through the Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) project, which collectively contribute to the U.S. Government’s Global Health Security Strategy. 

U.S. Provides Personal Protective Equipment to the  Royal Thai Government to assist COVID-19 Response
Monday, March 9, 2020 - 7:45am

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Regional Development Mission for Asia Mission Director Peter A. Malnak handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Ministry of Public Health in Nonthaburi today as part of the United States’ assistance to Thailand to respond to novel coronavirus disease COVID-19, first identified in Wuhan, China. This assistance package comes at the request of the Thai Ministry of Public Health.

USAID and Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) launched the new “No Ivory No Tiger Amulets campaign on World Wildlife Day
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 6:00am

In observance of World Wildlife Day, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) launched the new “No Ivory No Tiger Amulets #ไม่พึ่งเขี้ยวงา” campaign. The campaign is part of joint USAID-DNP efforts to reduce the use of wildlife products such as amulets made from endangered elephants and tigers. The new “No Ivory No Tiger Amulets” video features the well-known Buddhist Dharma Teacher Venerable Maha Sompong Talaputto calling on the public to question their beliefs in the protective power of ivory and tiger amulets.

U.S. Government Convenes Innovators in Northern Thailand to Tackle Air Pollution Challenges
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 7:15am

A team of six youth innovators called “No Grant SMOG” won the first prize at Smogathon Thailand 2020 for inventing active-learning tools to educate elementary school children about smog. To help address air pollution challenges, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and the Royal Thai Government’s Pollution Control Department, hosted “Smogathon Thailand 2020” in Chiang Mai from February 8 to 10.

From center left to right: Mr. Vilayphong Sysomvang, Acting Director General of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare’s Social Welfare Department, Mdm. Baykham Khattiya, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, U.S. Ambassador to the Lao PDR Rena Bitter, and Dr. Xoukiet Panyanouvong, Chief of Party of the Laos CTIP program officially launched the Laos CTIP project.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 9:30pm

Continuing the United States’ support to the Lao PDR in its mission to end human trafficking, the U.S. Government and Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare formally launched the three-year Laos Counter Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) program at a ceremony in Vientiane on January 13. Mdm. Baykham Khattiya, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare and U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter presided over the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that marks the start of the $2.3 million program, which is funded through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

USAID Launches New Public Service Announcements to Tackle Rhino Horn Consumption
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 6:45am

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Wildlife Asia released two Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in Hanoi, Vietnam as part of its Chi Initiative Phase III. The Chi Initiative focuses on reducing demand for rhino horn and other illegal wildlife products among Vietnamese businessmen – a key consumer population. Vietnam is a key destination and transit country for rhino horn and other illegal wildlife products. Reducing demand for rhino products in the country is integral to decreasing trade flows and combating poaching.

USAID Announces Partnership with Rabo Foundation to Sustainably Invest in Asia’s Future
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 4:00am

USAID is partnering with Rabo Foundation to accelerate the foundation’s ability to invest sustainably by designing and conducting carbon monitoring of the foundation’s investments. Beginning with its pilot efforts in Indonesia, this partnership will enable Rabo Foundation to make more climate-conscious investments.

USAID Helps Fish Return to the Pursat River
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 6:45am

A USAID-funded project along the Pursat River is helping the nutrition and livelihoods of Cambodians living along one of the Tonle Sap’s primary tributaries.

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