USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) leads and coordinates the U.S. Government’s disaster response efforts overseas. Helping people affected by crises is at the core of what we do every day, all over the world. It reflects our values as Americans, demonstrates our global leadership, and makes the world a safer place.
How We Help: USAID helps tens of millions of people by providing critical humanitarian aid to people in need.
- Food Assistance and Nutrition
- Relief Commodities
- Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
Global Presence: USAID humanitarian staff and resources are strategically located around the world.
- 43 Countries with full-time humanitarian response staff
- 12 Advisory Offices at USUN missions, CDC, USEU, and U.S. military combatant commands
- 5 Emergency Stockpiles: Djibouti, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, USA-Florida, USA-Texas
- 6 Regional Offices in Bangkok, Thailand; Budapest, Hungary; Dakar, Senegal; Nairobi, Kenya; Pretoria, South Africa; San José, Costa Rica
Strengthening Resilience: BHA doesn't just respond to humanitarian emergencies. We help lay the initial foundations for longer-term recovery.
- Early Recovery efforts build on humanitarian responses and protect/restore basic systems and services
- Risk Reduction programs prevent or reduce risks associated with chronic and recurrent hazards
- Resilience activities help people, communities and countries mitigate, adapt to, and recover from shocks and stresses
IN FISCAL YEAR 2022: USAID responded to 74 crises in 64 countries. We provided more than $11.8 billion to help people affected by disasters and conflict, deliver emergency food assistance to refugees, and give communities the tools they need to be resilient to future crises.
USAID also had six Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) deployed, responding to the war in Ukraine; Pakistan floods, the Venezuela regional crisis; and ongoing crises in northern Ethiopia, Afghanistan, and Syria. USAID also provided elevated support for the Horn of Africa drought and the Yemen crisis.