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).
- Duration: August 2013 – August 2016
- Value: $3.9 million
- Duration: September 2014 – September 2020
- Value: $11 million
The Kabul Urban Water Supply (KUWS) Project was launched by the German Development Bank (KfW) at the request of the Afghan government to provide 50 percent of Kabul’s population with pipe-based drinking water and access to basic sanitation systems. The piped-water system operated by the Afghanistan Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Company covers the needs of less than 20 percent of the Kabul population. The goal of the KUWS Project is to improve the urban water system, creating a healthier environment for the population.
- Malian authorities and WHO announce the end of the EVD outbreak in Mali following two 21-day cycles without anew confirmed case in the country.
- USAID/OFDA partners commenced operations at the Voinjama town EVD treatment unit (ETU) in Liberia’s Lofa County on January 14.
- The Government of Guinea (GoG) officially reopens public schools countrywide; preparations to reopen schools in Liberia and Sierra Leone remain underway.
Humanitarian organizations respond to impacts of severe winter weather in Syria and neighboring countries. UN Security Council unanimously adopts resolution renewing the mandate to conduct UN cross-border and cross-line humanitarian assistance. In 2014, Syrians surpass Afghans as the largest refugee population covered under the global mandate of UNHCR.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Health Research Program helps generate and apply strategic, scientifically sound data in health programming in the region. Malaria, tuberculosis, pandemic influenza, HIV and other emerging infectious diseases pose a significant public health threat throughout Asia, and in particular, the Greater Mekong Sub-region. Headquartered in Bangkok, this five-year program addresses these health threats by supporting health research, building sustainable research capacity and creating a platform for researchers and other stakeholders to access and learn from the program’s initiatives.
- New EVD cases continue to decrease in Liberia, and the number of confirmed cases has declined by 43 percent between December 22 and January 5 in Sierra Leone, according to WHO. Relief agencies continue to implement life-saving activities and underscore the importance of preventative measures.
- Since early January, USAID/OFDA partners have opened one EVD treatment unit (ETU) and four community care centers (CCCs) in Sierra Leone.
- To strengthen coordination, CDC and partner eHealth Africa are supporting the establishment of county-level emergency operation centers (EOCs) in Liberia.
Last updated: April 30, 2015