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COVID-19: Learn how USAID is responding to the coronavirus.

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11-08-2021
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The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:‎

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Principal Advisor to the Administrator Mark Feierstein met with Oleksii Reznikov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine.

11-08-2021

On August 10, 2021, Administrator Samantha Power met with Canadian Minister of International Development Karina Gould. They discussed ongoing efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic through support to COVAX to ensure it is meeting countries’ vaccine needs. They also discussed support for vaccine readiness and health systems preparedness.

10-08-2021

Today, during an official visit to Thailand, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced $5 million in COVID-19 assistance for Thailand and more than $50 million in humanitarian aid for the people of Burma. Of this funding, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing nearly $28 million.

09-08-2021
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The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:‎

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met with Dmytro Kuleba, Foreign Minister of Ukraine. Administrator Power and Foreign Minister Kuleba discussed the long-standing alliance between Ukraine and the United States and their shared commitment to democracy and the rule of law. 

09-08-2021

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced nearly $165 million in additional humanitarian assistance for people affected by the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. This funding will provide lifesaving aid for Yemenis continuing to face humanitarian crisis after almost seven years of war that has left 20 million people struggling to survive without basic necessities, including more than two million young children facing deadly malnutrition.

06-08-2021
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On August 3-4, 2021, Administrator Samantha Power was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to draw attention to the urgent need for full and unhindered humanitarian access in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and to emphasize the United States’ commitment to support the Ethiopian people amidst a spreading internal conflict and still-raging COVID-19 pandemic.

06-08-2021

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $500,000 to grantees in North Macedonia, South Africa, Nigeria, Botswana, and Bosnia and Herzegovina for projects that will reduce gender-based violence (GBV). Through the Collective Action to Reduce Gender-Based Violence (CARE-GBV) Small Grants Program, the grantees will build organizational cultures that promote self-care and wellness for staff to help strengthen the quality of GBV programming.

05-08-2021

Yesterday, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. announced nearly $100 million in new humanitarian assistance for Lebanon. This assistance from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State will help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and its compounding socioeconomic impacts on the Lebanese people. The funding will also support Syrian refugees sheltering in Lebanon.

04-08-2021
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On August 4, 2021, Counselor Chris Milligan met with Retno Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia where they discussed COVID-19, and USAID-Government of Indonesia partnership on development and regional issues, including: climate change and green economic recovery, the urgency for returning democracy to Burma, women’s empowerment and inclusion, and anticorruption.

04-08-2021
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On August 4, 2021, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Counselor Chris Milligan met with Republic of Palau President Surangel Whipps, Jr. during his first presidential visit to the United States.

04-08-2021

 

Today in Ethiopia, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power announced approximately $720 million in new funding from the American Rescue Plan to expand and intensify the fight against COVID-19 abroad, respond to humanitarian crises exacerbated by COVID-19, and support a global recovery while preparing for future pandemic threats. 

03-08-2021

Today in Khartoum, Administrator Samantha Power announced $4.3 million in additional election-related assistance for Sudan as the country continues its transition toward civilian-led democratic rule following the 2019 citizen revolution that overthrew the nearly 30-year dictatorship of former President Omar al-Bashir.

03-08-2021

Today in Khartoum, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power announced more than $56 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Sudan. This funding will help the Sudanese people cope with conflict, food insecurity, economic crisis, and cycles of drought and flooding, the effects of which have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

03-08-2021
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On the third day of her trip to Sudan, Administrator Samantha Power traveled to Um Rakuba refugee camp in Gedaref State to meet with refugees from Ethiopia’s Tigray region, representatives of Sudanese communities hosting the refugees, and U.S. government humanitarian partners responding to the crisis. USAID is providing food assistance to nearly all of the more than 46,000 refugees who have fled to Sudan since the start of the conflict.

02-08-2021

Today, the United States announced that it intends to provide an additional $30 million in life-saving COVID-19 assistance for Indonesia to purchase additional oxygen, enhance vaccine rollout, and provide medical supplies to treat COVID-19 patients and save lives.

01-08-2021
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On the second day of her visit to Sudan, Administrator Samantha Power visited the United States Embassy and thanked staff for their tireless work in supporting the country’s fragile yet hopeful democratic transition and strengthening the relationship between the United States and Sudan. The Administrator also visited a memorial for USAID colleagues, John Granville and Abdelrahman Abbas Rahama, who lost their lives when gunmen ambushed their government vehicle in Khartoum in 2008.

31-07-2021
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The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:‎

Today, Administrator Samantha Power began a multi-day trip to Sudan to strengthen the U.S. Government’s partnership with Sudan’s transitional leaders and the Sudanese people in building a new government and forging democratic institutions following the 2019 revolution that overthrew the regime led by former President Omar Al Bashir—a government responsible for nearly three decades of atrocities against the Sudanese people and systematic corruption.

30-07-2021

In response to growing needs in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the United States is providing more than $149 million in additional humanitarian assistance, including more than $105 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The United States is the largest single donor of humanitarian aid to the Tigray response efforts, providing nearly $637 million since the conflict began.

30-07-2021
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

July 30 is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The crime of human trafficking affects an estimated 25 million people around the world: adults and children in sex trafficking or forced labor. On this day, at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), we honor the resilience of those who have endured the pain and cruelty of human trafficking, and who are courageously rebuilding their lives. We reaffirm our commitment to preventing criminals from exploiting people for profit, and we invite all to join the challenge to help end human trafficking.

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Last updated: August 17, 2022

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