A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal at midday local time on April 25, causing fatalities, injuries, and significant structural damage. The Government of Nepal (GoN) has declared a state of emergency and requested international assistance. USAID/OFDA has activated a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and is providing an initial $1 million to address critical humanitarian needs.
USAID announces $126 million to help rebuild health care systems in EVD-affected West African countries. The Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU) in Liberia plans to close on April 30. EVD response teams visit more than 29,000 households in Guinea’s Forécariah Prefecture during pilot stay-at-home period. The week of April 6–12 reflects the lowest total number of prefectures and districts in EVD-affected countries to report a confirmed EVD case since the end of May 2014.
The Electoral Reform and Civic Advocacy (AERCA) project supports an Afghan-led electoral reform process that addresses inadequacies that were highlighted in past Afghan elections. The current electoral system does not yet allow for full representation of Afghan citizens and limits opportunity for the growth of effective political opposition. In response, AERCA engages with reform-minded civil society advocates to support improvements in the electoral system and facilitates public opinion research on electoral reform and democracy issues.
While the international community has long supported activities that facilitate inclusion of marginalized populations in civic and political decision-making in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), these groups are often overlooked or ignored by the BiH Government.
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) must meet European standards and criteria to become a candidate for EU accession and become an attractive destination for private foreign and domestic investment.
All contacts related to the last confirmed EVD case in Liberia graduate from observation. The Government of Guinea (GoG) launches its first stay-at-home campaign in Forécariah Prefecture. Seven of Sierra Leone’s 14 districts have exceeded 42 days with no new confirmed EVD cases. Treatment capacity now surpasses demand as a result of declining EVD cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Proper hygiene promotes good health. The Municipal Services Program (MSP) works in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh provinces to upgrade the drinking water and sanitation systems, improve management and service delivery systems, and create public awareness campaigns on good hygiene habits.
USAID is partnering with the Government of Pakistan to rehabilitate the Mangla hydroelectric power station located in the Mirpur District of Azad Kashmir. The main objective of the project is to add 90 MW to the national grid through the refurbishment and upgradation of the power plant which will improve the reliability and availability of this power plant for the next 2025 years.
The Women's Hostel Project supports the construction of a new women's dormitory at Forman Christian College in Lahore. The new women's hostel provides 384 additional beds, thus permitting the university to accept more women students, especially at the graduate level.
The Agricultural Innovation Program is helping USAID meet its goal of improving the economic lives of citizens by improving the productivity of farm enterprises through research and dissemination of innovative, improved technology.
Last updated: September 30, 2016