- On February 11, U.S. President Barack Obama praised the USG and the humanitarian community on their EVD response activities in West Africa. He also lauded DoD’s contribution to the response and announced the withdrawal of the majority of DoD staff by the end of April.
- The total number of deaths attributed to EVD in West Africa surpassed 9,000 in recent days, according to WHO.
- Only three of Liberia’s counties have reported confirmed cases in the past 42 days—12 counties have completed two 21-day cycles of the EVD monitoring period.
For more than five years, Feed the Future West/WINNER (FTF West/WINNER) has worked to identify opportunities to improve irrigation water access sustainably, while reducing the risk of floods and increasing agricultural productivity. At the Rivière Grise in the Cul-de-Sac corridor, FtF West/WINNER has constructed a water diversion structure to provide permanent water to up to 8,500 hectares of agricultural land, while limiting water levels to prevent flooding.
- EVD vaccination trials will begin in the three acutely affected countries in West Africa during the coming weeks.
- Weekly EVD case incidence increased in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone for the first time in 2015; during the week of January 26, WHO reported 124 new confirmed cases—39 cases in Guinea, five cases in Liberia, and 80 cases in Sierra Leone.
- Grand Cape Mount County in Liberia has not reported a new confirmed EVD case in 21 days; Montserrado is the only Liberian county to report new confirmed EVD cases in the previous three weeks.
The President’s Budget request for the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) directly supports the forthcoming National Security Strategy by helping to build and sustain a more secure, prosperous, and democratic world. The Budget proposes targeted investments in international programs that will help mobilize collective action to meet global challenges, counter terrorism and violent extremism overseas, strengthen the U.S. economy, and support United States citizens and the U.S. presence overseas. The Budget also advances diplomatic engagement on issues such as environment, energy, human rights, and non-proliferation policies as well as strengthens democratic institutions overseas.
Installation of Turbine Generator Unit 2 at Kajaki Dam Hydropower Plant (Kajaki Unit 2) is part of a major U.S.-funded project in cooperation with the Government of Afghanistan. Kajaki Dam Units 1 and 3 were commissioned in 1975 and rehabilitated by USAID in 2005 and 2009 respectively. Successful installation and commissioning of the powerhouse’s third hydroelectric generator, Unit 2, will result in an addition of 18.5 MW to the existing 33 MW output capacity. The $75 million on-budget project began in May 2013, and is scheduled to be completed in 2016.
- With support from the Government of Germany, a temporary unit for treating non-EVD infections opened in Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia on January 23.
- The Government of Senegal (GoS) reopened land border crossings with Guinea on January 26. The GoS had closed all borders with Guinea on August 21 due to the EVD outbreak and previously reopened air and sea borders with Guinea on November 14.
- As of January 26, the Government of Liberia (GoL) had reported a total of 21 confirmed cases in the last 21 days—eight cases from Grand Cape Mount County and 13 from Montserrado County.
The Energy Policy and Development Program (EPDP) is a four-year, PhP218 million ($5 million) project started in October 2014 to strengthen policymaking for environmentally sound energy sector development.
Five years after the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti has transitioned to a period of long-term development. With the help of the international community, Haiti has made significant advances. The U.S. post-earthquake strategy for Haiti focuses on four sector pillars designed to catalyze economic growth and build long-term stability.
The Afghanistan Engineering Support Program (AESP) provides architectural and engineering services, and trains staff and technicians working for Afghan Ministries in the energy, transportation, water, sanitation, and communication sectors. The $72 million project began in November 2009 and ends in November 2015. Its main goals are raising the level of engineering skills in the Afghan government and businesses, and increasing the quality of engineering works in the country.
The objective of this project is to design a roadmap for development of the Sheberghan gas fields. This includes several activities: drilling/rehabilitating three gas wells; conducting a gas reservoir study to certify reservoir gas quantity, pressures and quality; and assisting the Afghan government to partner with the private sector to design, build and operate a central gas processing (sweetening) plant and construct and operate an expandable gas-fired power generation plant with an initial capacity of 200 MW in the form of an Independent Power Producer (IPP).
Last updated: February 12, 2016