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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick visited the State of Rhode Island and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on August 6 and 7, 2020.

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The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than $7.5 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help end the 11th outbreak of Ebola in Équateur Province in Northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  The funding also will support Ebola survivors and maintain a rapid-response capacity in Eastern DRC, where the DRC's 10th outbreak, also the second-largest outbreak of the disease in history was declared over in June 2020.  The U.S.


The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than $15 million in humanitarian assistance to aid the people of Lebanon following catastrophic explosions at the Port of Beirut. These funds bring the humanitarian aid provided by the American people in Lebanon since September 2019 to a total of $403 million.


We are pleased to announce today that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) earned its fourth "A" rating on the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) 10.0 Scorecard issued by the Oversight and Reform Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, corrected from an initial "B" rating earlier this week. 

USAID is honored to be the only Federal Agency to receive four "A" ratings since the Committee published the first FITARA Scorecard in November 2015.   


The United States continues to lead the world in the fight against COVID-19, with $20.5 billion now allocated from across the U.S. Government to benefit the global response. This incredible effort, made possible by the generous American taxpayers, includes funding for vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics; preparedness efforts; and State Department and USAID foreign assistance funding.

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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick will travel to the State of Rhode Island and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on August 6 and 7, 2020.


July 30 is the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The evil of modern slavery affects an estimated 25 million people around the world: adults and children subjected to sexual exploitation or bound in domestic servitude; children forced to support armed groups; and victims trapped in forced labor in sectors such as fishing, construction, and agriculture. On this day, at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), we honor the resilience of survivors of trafficking who are courageously rebuilding their lives; we reaffirm our commitment to prevent criminals from exploiting people for profit; and we invite all to join the challenge to help end modern slavery.


On July 29, 2020, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick hosted a virtual roundtable with senior government officials from like-minded countries today to coordinate efforts to promote the deployment of secure, open, reliable 5G infrastructure for digital development in emerging economies.


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), represented by Acting Administrator John Barsa, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia, represented by Secretary Frances Adamson, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The signing of the MOU occurred on the margins of the 2020 Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) in Washington, D.C., which underscored the two countries' shared efforts to advance an open, inclusive, prosperous, and secure Indo-Pacific region, with an immediate focus on health security and economic recovery from the pandemic of COVID-19.

Ambassador Haymond joined Government of Laos officials at Handover Ceremony of the Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets
U.S. Provides 88,000 Additional Mosquito Nets to Prevent Malaria in Laos

Continuing the United States’ longstanding support of the Lao health sector, U.S. Ambassador to Laos Dr. Peter M. Haymond presented 88,000 specially-treated mosquito nets funded by the United States to Vice Minister of Health Dr. Phouthone Muangpak at a ceremony in Vientiane on July 17. These mosquito nets, provided through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will be distributed to Lao families in areas where the number of malaria cases remains particularly high. 


In 2019, the U.S. Government released our Global Health Security Strategy (GHSS).  The Strategy guides the work of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other interagency partners-including the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, and Health and Human Services-to increase the capacity in partner countries to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious-disease outbreaks whenever they occur.  As we know all too well, infectious-disease outbreaks do not respect national boundaries and can spread rapidly to jeopardize the health, security, and prosperity of every country-including the United States. 


Last week, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released its 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Venezuela. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) applauds this comprehensive new plan, which lays out the severity of humanitarian needs in Venezuela and outlines what is needed to respond.


Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is proud to announce the appointment of Samah Norquist as Chief Advisor for International Religious Freedom to the Administrator.


New Humanitarian and Health Assistance Bolsters U.S. Leadership in Response to COVID-19

The Department of State and USAID are providing an additional $208 million in new humanitarian and health assistance to bolster our ongoing response efforts, helping the world’s most vulnerable overcome the devastation inflicted by this deadly virus. With today’s announcement, the State Department and USAID alone have committed more than $1.5 billion for the global COVID-19 response since the outbreak began.


On behalf of the U.S Agency for International Development, I congratulate Luis Abinader on his election as President of the Dominican Republic and welcome his commitment to combating corruption and enhancing transparency.


On July 14, 2020, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $15 million to support a partnership between Arizona State University and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in the Republic of Ghana to create an innovative research and training center to improve African supply-chains.


Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $575,000 for the first set of BetterTogether Challenge / JuntosEsMejor innovation awards in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Colombia.


This July 5, Venezuelans commemorated the 209th anniversary of their independence. The United States stands in unwavering solidarity with all those who are seeking a truly free and democratic Venezuela.


Since the founding of our Nation, Americans have cherished our liberty and honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend it. As we celebrate and honor Independence Day, we remember all those who have upheld freedom for our country against tyranny. At the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), we have the extraordinary privilege of working to advance democracy and freedom worldwide, on behalf of the American people.


Today, the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared an end to the Ebola epidemic that has affected the Eastern part of the country since August 2018. The epidemic was the second-largest outbreak of Ebola in history: it caused more than 3,460 total confirmed and probable cases and 2,280 deaths. This declaration comes after 42 days-double the 21-day incubation period of the disease without a new confirmed or probable Ebola case in DRC's North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri Provinces.


Last updated: September 18, 2020

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