USAID Humanitarian Assistance Fact Sheet

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USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) leads and coordinates the U.S. Government’s disaster response efforts overseas. Helping people affected by disasters 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 aid to people in need.

  • Agriculture
  • Food Assistance and Nutrition
  • Health
  • Logistics
  • Protection
  • Relief Commodities
  • Shelter
  • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

Global Presence: USAID humanitarian staff and resources are strategically located around the world.

  • 38 Countries with full-time humanitarian response staff
  • 11 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 2021: USAID responded to 82 crises in 68 countries. We provided $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 nine Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) deployed, responding to the Haiti earthquake; Hurricanes Eta and Iota; the Venezuela regional crisis; the DRC Ebola outbreak; the regional crisis in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador; and ongoing crises in northern Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Syria, and South Sudan.

Date 
Friday, December 17, 2021 - 9:00am

Last updated: December 20, 2021