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October 6, 2015

El Salvador is the third largest economy in Central America, and the most densely populated, with 6.2 million mainly urban inhabitants.

In the years following the end of the civil war in 1992, El Salvador made significant democratic advances, including successive free and fair elections.

While the democratic transition has been accompanied by significant, social and economic progress and social indicators such as infant mortality rates and literacy have improved, poverty and inequality of opportunity have increased as problems.

Meanwhile, criminal activity, particularly gang related violence, has increased dramatically. In recent years, El Salvador has had one of the highest homicide rates in the world.

The United States has an interest in a stable, prosperous El Salvador, one that shares U.S. democratic values, is a reliable partner in the fight against transnational crime, and plays an active and responsible role in international affairs.

May 10, 2015

Cairo – Today the Egyptian Ministry of Health released the results of the 2014 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS).  The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Ministry of Health, UNICEF, and the United Nations Population Fund, completed this survey to help improve the health and nutritional status of the Egyptian people.   

“This survey provides critical data to detect health trends and identify issues to address,” said Sherry F. Carlin, USAID/Egypt Mission Director.  “Through support from the American people, Egypt now has nearly thirty years of data documenting its progress in improving the health of women and children, including child mortality, vaccination coverage, nutritional status, and maternal health care.”

U.S. Ambassador R. Stephen Beecroft speaks at the launch of the U.S.-Egypt Higher Education Initiative.
April 26, 2015

Cairo – In partnership with the Egyptian Ministries of International Cooperation and Higher Education, the U.S. Government launched the U.S.-Egypt Higher Education Initiative today to provide educational opportunities for high-achieving Egyptians to learn skills that will better meet the needs of the 21st century economy.  Through this $250 million initiative, the U.S. Government will provide up to 1,900 university scholarships and exchanges to Egyptians to study in Egypt and the United States and will support up to 20 higher education partnerships to strengthen research and exchanges between Egyptian and U.S. universities. 

“Today we celebrate a new and exciting chapter in the educational history of our two nations – the comprehensive three year panorama of scholarships and university partnerships that the American government and people will fund and support,” said U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Stephen Beecroft. “The U.S.-Egypt Higher Education Initiative is a sign of U.S. commitment to Egypt’s future.”

USAID Mission Director Sherry F. Carlin speaks with Minister of Health Dr. Adel Al Adawy
April 19, 2015

Today the Egyptian Ministry of Health launched the 2015 National Polio Immunization Campaign to provide the first of two phases of polio vaccinations to up to 14.8 million children under the age of five.  The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting the logistics and operations of the campaign to help Egypt sustain its polio-free status. “The American people rejoiced with the Egyptian people in 2006 when Egypt was declared polio-free,” said Sherry F. Carlin, USAID/Egypt Mission Director.  “USAID and the Ministry of Health are committed to keeping Egypt polio-free through this annual immunization campaign.”

April 5, 2015

Cairo– Students and professors from seven Egyptian University law faculties participated in a national “practice arbitration” competition that was conducted with the support of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the U.S. Embassy on April 3 and 4, 2015.  Both the winning team and the runner-up team are from Menoufia University.  Teams from Al Azhar Women’s University and Cairo University won third place in the competition.  This is the fourth National Competition organized by the ABA in Egypt.

“Egyptian citizens and businesses need well-trained lawyers to assist them in protecting their legal rights,” said Sherry Carlin, Egypt Mission Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which sponsors the program. “It is inspiring to see the commitment of these students to developing their arbitration skills.” 

March 30, 2015

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted a U.S. Embassy event to connect Egypt’s exporters with local service providers. Over 500 companies, including large firms and small and medium enterprises, attended this event to meet more than 60 export service providers and learn about current and emerging trade trends and export issues.


Last updated: October 06, 2015

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