Humanitarian Assistance

Our Mission: To save lives, alleviate human suffering, and reduce the impact of disasters by helping people in need become more self-reliant.

USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance is the U.S. Government lead for international humanitarian assistance, reaching tens of millions of people around the world each year with life-saving aid.

On average, we respond to 75 crises in more than 70 countries each year, providing life-saving food, water, shelter, health care, and other critical aid to people who need it most. We work to ensure that aid reaches people affected by natural disasters - including hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanoes - as well as slow-onset crises, such as drought and conflict. Take a look at where we work.

Not only do we save lives, we empower communities to become more self-reliant by preparing them for disasters before they strike—and by giving them the tools and ability to respond. After a crisis, we help people get back on their feet. And we help the chronically poor move out of poverty.

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Last updated: March 11, 2020

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