Each year, World Malaria Day is observed to call attention to the disease and to mobilize action to combat it. On this occasion, the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), releases its fifth annual report (pdf, 4.4mb) which describes the role and contributions of the U.S. Government in the effort to reduce the burden of malaria in Africa.
“Five years ago, malaria killed nearly one million people each year—most of them children. In Africa alone, the burden of the disease cost the continent $12 billion a year in lost productivity.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - USAID will launch a new report on food aid quality that will improve the nutritional quality of food assistance to better meet the nutritional needs of vulnerable populations overseas. The recommendations could result in the most far-reaching nutritional quality improvements to U.S. food aid since the introduction of fortified blended foods in 1966.
“Today, USAID is celebrating Earth Day and the U.N.-designated International Year of Forests by building on more than 30 years of forest conservation efforts. Recognizing the key role these ecosystems play in sustainable development and global carbon storage, USAID addresses threats to forests through a multi-faceted approach: improving natural resources management; enabling legal, policy, and institutional development; expanding market access for sustainable natural resource-based products; and working to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On April 26th, USAID Administrator Shah, Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams, and U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer will announce a partnership between the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the Peace Corps. The partnership will center on Peace Corps volunteers who, in close collaboration with PMI resident advisors, will support national malaria control programs and expand malaria activities into hard to reach communities throughout Africa.
Today, Michael Greene was sworn in as the new Mission Director for Azerbaijan for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Counselor Hilda "Bambi" Arellano administered the oath.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have partnered on a unique event to highlight the impacts of global climate change on the Himalayas. The Green Hiker-Green Planet Campaign, which includes a 4-day trek through the Langtang area in Nepal's Sacred Himalayan Landscape, brings together individuals from a variety of sectors to increase awareness and spur joint action on conservation, climate change advocacy and preparedness.
“While we are disappointed in the news from the FEM-PreP study, funded by PEPFAR through USAID, other research on pre-exposure prophylaxis is underway. This is the nature of scientific research; some failures lead to other successes. We will continue to work with our colleagues in the scientific community to monitor the results of these and other research studies, in the hope that they will produce new tools for HIV/AIDS prevention.”
he United States of America and the State of Qatar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today regarding Cooperation to Enhance Global Food Security. The MOU was signed by Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Dr. Khalid Al-Attiya, Minister of State for International Cooperation.
In a speech at Ahfad University for Women in Omdurman, Sudan, on April 9, USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg announced a new USAID global grant program to increase the substantive involvement of women in peace processes. Grants of up to $2 million each, totaling up to $14 million, may be made available for projects that directly address the objectives of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which calls for supporting the essential role of women in all aspects of peace and security, recognizing their leadership in peacemaking, and ending sexual violence in conflict.
Mark Lopes, USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean met today with the Chilean International Development Agency (AgCI). The talks were aimed at implementing the recently-signed Memorandum of Understanding to advance trilateral cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean.
During his April 4-6 visit to Nicaragua, USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mark Lopes, helped celebrate the Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement's (CAFTA-DR) 5th Anniversary. Over 300 business leaders, producers, small business owners and government officials attended the event, which was co-sponsored by USAID and the INCAE Business School.
“Today, April 7, the world commemorates World Health Day. This year’s theme focuses on combating the steadily growing public health threat posed by antimicrobial drug resistance -- a growing problem with implications for both national and global security. Drug resistance also threatens to reverse global health gains by making currently available first-line medicines less effective.
Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today released the Agency's first annual letter on Twitter.
U.S. and Kenyan officials today congratulated 262 graduates of AFRICA LEAD, a continent-wide program that is training agriculture leaders to implement regional and country agriculture investment plans.
"Today, March 24, the world commemorates World Tuberculosis (TB) Day by celebrating the tremendous progress that has been made in combatting this disease. Milestones include a 35 percent decline in mortality since 1990, a 14 percent decrease in the prevalence of TB between 1990 and 2009, and the emergence of new diagnostic technologies that can detect multi-drug resistant TB.
The United States and Brazil have agreed to expand their joint technical cooperation in third countries. A protocol of intentions signed on the eve of President Obama's trip to Brazil builds on the existing collaboration between the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC).
USAID and Walmart signed an agreement on March 14 to support small rural farmers in Central America and to connect them to the retailer’s regional and international supply chains. The new partnership links Feed the Future, the U.S. government's global hunger and food security initiative, with Walmart's Global Sustainable Agriculture Goals.
Today, USAID marks World Water Day with a renewed commitment to assisting the more than 800 million people around the world without access to clean, safe drinking water, and the more than 2.6 billion people who lack access to improved sanitation.
This morning, Eric G. Postel was sworn in as the new Assistant Administrator for the Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade Bureau (EGAT) at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Last updated: October 09, 2015