To strengthen a culture of applied research, USAID launched the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies (USPCAS) in 2015. USPCAS connects three U.S. universities with expertise in energy, agriculture, and water with four Pakistani universities to modernize curricula, conduct joint research, and foster student and faculty exchanges.
Through this project USAID is supporting the Government of Pakistan (GOP) in validating environmental feasibility studies for the Diamer Basha Dam which is a large hydroelectric facility.
USAID Improving Educational Quality (IEQ) is a $300 million five-year project (2013-2018) that will support Pakistani-led efforts to focus on improving reading levels of up to 4.5 million primary students through early grade assessments and in-service training for 94,000 teachers
- The Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) enacted a three-day stay-at-home period on March 27–29. Approximately 8,300 three-person teams—each comprising a nurse, a social mobilizer, and a community task force member—went door-to-door to distribute soap, promote good hygiene practices, and identify possible EVD cases. The GoSL National Ebola Response Center (NERC) reported that teams focused on EVD hotspot areas and did not deploy to four districts that have no current active transmission chains. To date, the NERC has not presented definite EVD-related data resulting from the stay-at-home period.
- In order to combat growing numbers of confirmed EVD cases, on March 28 President Alpha Condé of Guinea declared a 45-day health emergency period in Boffa, Coyah, Dubréka, Forécariah, and Kindia districts, as well as the capital city of Conakry, allowing EVD response actors to strengthen EVD response efforts. The declaration provides local Government of Guinea (GoG) officials greater authority to restrict population movements and requires that all dead bodies be systematically tested and buried in a safe and dignified manner. President Condé indicated that individuals who hide EVD-positive persons or persons not part of EVD response burial teams
USAID is committed to key principles and practices that foster a results-oriented culture within the Agency, and makes every effort to ensure strong oversight of its assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).
WHO reports 150 new confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), including 95 cases in Guinea and 55 in Sierra Leone, during the week ending on March 15. The week marks Guinea’s highest weekly recorded total during 2015.
All contacts associated with the last known chain of transmission in Liberia have completed the 21-day monitoring period.
The EVD outbreak has resulted in nearly 10,200 deaths to date in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
Despite progress made in reforming the justice sector, rule of law in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) remains weak.
Through this project, USAID supported the completion of the Gomal Zam Dam, a multipurpose facility located in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) near the border with Afghanistan. USAID funded completion of the dam, erection of electricity transmission lines, and the construction of the hydropower plant. This project aimed to increase power generation capacity in the country, protect downstream communities from flooding, and store water for irrigation of farmland near the dam.
The Peshawar-Torkham road project is intended to: Improve local economic opportunities Allow internal and international trade to flow more easily Offer employment opportunities for local workers; and, Extend and support the delivery of basic infrastructure services by the Government of Pakistan.
Last updated: April 29, 2016