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

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17-01-2022
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On January 14, 2021, Administrator Power met with High Representative Christian Schmidt in advance of her visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). They discussed the current political crisis in the country, the importance of efforts at de-escalation and reconciliation, and the need to empower those who are fighting corruption and creating economic opportunities for young people. The Administrator reaffirmed U.S. support for the High Representative and his ability to exercise all necessary authorities, including the Bonn Powers, until the 5+2 Agenda is complete and BiH has met the criteria for graduation from international supervision. They agreed that a prosperous future for BiH depends on political leaders and citizens working together to advance the reforms necessary to achieve BiH’s democratic and economic aspirations.

13-01-2022

As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is launching the MujerProspera (WomanProsper) Challenge, a regional challenge to advance gender equity and equality in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. USAID Administrator Samantha Power first announced this challenge during her trip to El Salvador in June 2021.

13-01-2022
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

Throughout the world, children and families confront poverty, disease, conflict, disasters, violence, inadequate access to basic needs, or some odious combination of these circumstances that harms their development. As a nation working to address these wrongs, and facilitate the healthy development of children, we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Global Child Thrive Act.

12-01-2022
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Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with UN World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley to discuss worsening food insecurity around the world and shortfalls in funding needed to address urgent humanitarian crises, particularly in Afghanistan and Ethiopia.

12-01-2022
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On January 11, 2022, Administrator Samantha Power met with Chief Executive Officer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Mark Suzman. The two discussed the recently announced whole-of-government effort, the Initiative for Global Vaccine Access (Global VAX), to accelerate vaccine delivery and administration. They also discussed USAID and BMGF’s coordinated work to deliver critical oxygen resources to those in need as well as efforts to encourage donors to support plans to increase oxygen resources.

12-01-2022
Media Advisory

On January 19-21, Administrator Power will travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to partnering with the citizens of BiH in their quest to build a democratic and prosperous future in a stable, functional BiH of two entities, three constituent peoples, and all other residents.

11-01-2022

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the United States government’s initial 2022 contribution of more than $308 million in humanitarian assistance for the people of Afghanistan.

11-01-2022
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Today, the United States Agency for International Development commemorates National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, with the hope of bringing an end to this heinous crime that affects an estimated 25 million people around the world.

07-01-2022
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Today, Administrator Power met with Daniel Endres, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for East Africa, to discuss how USAID can work together with the UN to address humanitarian needs across Ethiopia and overcome major challenges to providing life-saving assistance to people in need.

07-01-2022

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $100,000 in immediate assistance to support people affected by severe flooding in the Bahia State of Brazil, which has impacted nearly 800,000 people, including displacing more than 73,000 people from their homes.

04-01-2022
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Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Dr. John Nkengasong, the Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

30-12-2021

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $100,000 in humanitarian assistance for communities impacted by devastating floods in Malaysia. Heavy rains since mid-December have caused some of the worst flooding Malaysia has seen in decades. Floodwaters have damaged numerous buildings, roads, and infrastructure, and have forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate to shelters.

28-12-2021
Press Release

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is allocating an additional $19 million in humanitarian assistance to help people affected by Super Typhoon Rai in the Philippines. This assistance brings total USAID assistance for this response to more than $20 million. The storm known locally as Typhoon Odette brought torrential rains and caused widespread flooding, landslides, and damage to homes. 

23-12-2021
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Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva to discuss how USAID and the IMF can enhance coordination and collaboration around the world to increase vaccination rates and end the COVID-19 pandemic. 

22-12-2021

USAID remains steadfast in supporting and providing vital assistance to the Afghan people. As the single largest donor of humanitarian aid to the Afghan people, the United States provided nearly $474 million in humanitarian assistance in Fiscal Year 2022, and in the coming weeks, we will provide the people of Afghanistan one million additional COVID-19 vaccine doses through COVAX, bringing the total to 4.3 million doses. To facilitate the continued flow of assistance and support for the Afghan people, USAID welcomes the three new General Licenses issued today by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). 

As part of USAID’s ongoing disaster preparedness assistance, it is supporting the United Nations World Food Program in transporting relief supplies, including enough food provided by the Philippine government to feed 20,000 families.
22-12-2021

The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing Php10 million ($200,000) in immediate assistance to support communities devastated by Typhoon Odette, internationally known as Super Typhoon Rai.

21-12-2021
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On December 20, Administrator Samantha Power met with Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Suzuki Takako. Administrator Power thanked State Minister Suzuki for Japan’s leadership and commitments at the 2021 Nutrition for Growth Summit and for its ongoing support to COVAX and the global COVID-19 response. Administrator Power and Minister Suzuki discussed the importance of accelerating efforts to turn COVID-19 vaccines into vaccinations through expanded vaccine readiness and delivery support. They also discussed collaboration on addressing critical development needs in Central America and, through the US-Japan-Australia Trilateral Infrastructure Partnership, on mobilizing infrastructure investment in the Indo-Pacific.

21-12-2021

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $200,000 in immediate assistance to support people affected by Super Typhoon Rai in the Philippines. The typhoon–known locally as Typhoon Odette–brought torrential rains, causing widespread flooding, landslides, and damage to homes. Many cities across the Philippines have lost power and some bridges and roads remain impassable. People are seeking shelter in evacuation centers and cannot safely return home yet.

20-12-2021
Statement

The decision of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the U.S. Department of Labor, to reserve 6,500 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for Guatemalans, Hondurans, Salvadorans, and Haitians is the right move at the right time. The United States is committed to addressing the root causes of irregular migration, and today’s decision is a critical step in advancing that goal by building lawful pathways to temporary work opportunities in the United States. The H-2B program permits employers to temporarily hire noncitizens to perform nonagricultural labor or services in the United States, and with job openings in the U.S. at a near-record high, these visas will expand opportunities for temporary legal work in the United States, and they will support America’s economic recovery.

17-12-2021
Readout

This week, USAID Administrator Samantha Power held a series of high-level meetings with key United States and world health experts to discuss the recently announced whole-of-government effort, the Initiative for Global Vaccine Access (Global VAX). Vaccinating the world is the best way to save lives, prevent future variants that threaten the health of communities around the world, including Americans, and undermine the global economic recovery. As more vaccine supply flows to low and middle income countries, the United States is redoubling efforts to help countries efficiently and effectively receive, distribute, and administer doses. Global VAX focuses on accelerating global efforts to get shots in arms —particularly in sub-Saharan Africa—and to enhance international coordination to rapidly overcome barriers to vaccine delivery. 

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Last updated: January 18, 2022

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