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

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21-04-2022
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On April 19, Administrator Samantha Power met with the President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, to discuss the impact of climate change and COVID-19 in Madagascar, as well as ways to strengthen anti-corruption efforts in the country.

21-04-2022
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The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing nearly $313 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help people affected by the ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia. Across the Afar, Amhara, and Tigray regions, continued fighting and lack of humanitarian access has left as many as 9 million people facing severe food insecurity and has forced more than 2 million people to flee their homes. In Tigray alone, more than 90 percent of people need aid, while across all three northern regions as many as 1 million people are projected to face famine-like conditions by June.

21-04-2022
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Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Canada’s Minister of International Development Harjit Sajjan to discuss humanitarian crises and development responses in Ukraine, Afghanistan, and Ethiopia, cooperation on gender equality and the care economy agenda.

20-04-2022
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On April 19, Administrator Samantha Power met with Dr. Seth Berkley, the CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi). Administrator Power expressed USAID’s appreciation for our long-standing partnership with Gavi during this critical moment in time for global immunization access and equity. Administrator Power and Dr. Berkley also discussed Gavi’s core routine immunization portfolio and the procurement and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX. The two discussed the critical importance of continuing to fund vaccine delivery so that we are able to prevent doses from going to waste and mitigate the emergence of new variants by getting shots in arms around the world.

20-04-2022
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On April 19, Administrator Samantha Power was joined by President of the Republic of Moldova Maia Sandu, United States Ambassador to Moldova Kent Logsdon, and USAID/Moldova Mission Director Scott Hocklander to meet with members of the Moldovan American community.

20-04-2022
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The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is contributing $500 million to the World Bank’s Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Ukraine (MDTF), fully implementing President Biden’s commitment to President Zelenskyy that the United States intends to provide the Ukrainian government with direct budgetary aid during their March 30 call. The United States remains committed to supporting Ukraine and its people in the wake of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war. 

20-04-2022
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Yesterday, Administrator Samantha Power met with Dr. Laura Elena Carrillo, Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) Executive Director, to discuss USAID and AMEXCID’s strategic partnership for advancing economic and social opportunities for the people of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

16-04-2022
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On April 15, Administrator Samantha Power spoke with the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Kiril Petkov to discuss the government of Bulgaria’s anti-corruption agenda. The Administrator reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to helping the government of Bulgaria advance critical anti-corruption reforms, strengthen democratic institutions, and spur economic investment.

14-04-2022
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Today, Administrator Power met with Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova to discuss the United States’ ongoing support to Ukraine in the wake of the Russian Federation’s invasion.

14-04-2022
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Today, USAID released its first Equity Action Plan, which details five key recommendations to advance equity with underserved communities, including racial and ethnic equity, in our policies, programs and partner base. USAID, along with other federal agencies, are committed to advancing equity and stand with the Biden-Harris Administration to prioritize the advancement of equity throughout the federal government.

14-04-2022
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On April 12, Administrator Power spoke with Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. They discussed the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Ukraine, the challenges in ensuring humanitarian assistance reaches communities on the frontlines of the war, as well as the Ukrainian government’s needs as they work to deliver essential services.

14-04-2022
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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced 24 initiatives to protect our ocean at the Our Ocean Conference 2022 in Palau.

13-04-2022
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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will contribute an additional $18 million to Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the major global fund for education in emergencies. USAID announced the additional funding during ECW’s scoping visit to Moldova to support the response to the crisis in Ukraine. 

12-04-2022

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development and LIXIL, a global housing and sanitation products multinational company, launched the Partnership for Better Living to expand access to affordable sanitation and hygiene solutions for the underserved in up to 11 countries across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia by 2026.

12-04-2022
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On April 11, Administrator Samantha Power traveled to Lorman, Mississippi to participate in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony between USAID and Alcorn State University, the first Black land-grant institution established in the United States, back in 1871.

11-04-2022

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Alcorn State University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate increased collaboration and promote a shared pursuit of more inclusive and sustainable social and economic development, with a particular focus on research in the areas of agriculture, climate change, and science and technology.

08-04-2022

Today, Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman met with Aung Myo Min, Human Rights Minister, National Unity Government of Burma, to discuss the ongoing crisis in Burma and efforts to support the restoration of Burma’s path to inclusive democracy.

07-04-2022
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Today, Administrator Power visited the Ukraine-Moldova border in Palanca, first stopping at a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) blue dot refugee reception area and then traveling to the border crossing. She met with UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) teams, as well as Moldovan volunteers and border guards, to discuss the humanitarian response at the border and contingency planning in the event of an increased surge of refugees fleeing southern Ukraine. The Administrator also spoke with Ukrainians who had just crossed the border and heard the wrenching stories of the violence that drove them from their homes as Vladimir Putin continues this senseless, brutal, and unprovoked war. 

07-04-2022
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Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman met with World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Deputy Administrator Coleman expressed USAID’s appreciation for our long-standing partnership with WHO, and welcomed further discussions about future collaboration.

07-04-2022
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The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:‎ Yesterday, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman met with Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director of Wellcome Trust, to discuss COVID-19 response and pandemic preparedness, and new Wellcome Trust priorities on addressing climate and mental health. 

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Last updated: May 16, 2022

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