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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 5:00am

Abuja – On June 16, 2020, U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard joined Executive Governor Benedict Ayade to virtually commission an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for Cross River State, which has been equipped with support of the American people to track and control the spread of the deadly COVID-19. Cross River is the first of nine states to receive the EOC upgrades.

In line with priorities set by Nigeria’s Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) programmed $1.1 million (₦427 million) to upgrade and expand the capacity of the nine EOCs to strengthen the COVID-19 response in Nigeria. The upgraded centers are now equipped as operational digital situation and communication rooms that power and coordinate the state COVID response and other disease outbreaks, utilizing data integration, warehousing, and visualization to provide state officials transparent and real-time information on COVID-19.

Development assistance under 2015 agreement reaches $1.8 billion
Friday, June 5, 2020 - 10:45am

On June 2, 2020, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced notification of an additional $234.5 million in development assistance to continue support for the goals outlined in the 2015 bilateral Development Objectives Assistance Agreement (DOAG) between the U.S. and Nigerian governments. Most of the new funding, more than $160 million, will finance new and existing activities to improve public health in Nigeria. Another $34 million will help improve agriculture and water systems, while $21 million will enhance education, and $19.5 million will be dedicated to strengthen good governance.

 USAID Partners with Taraba State to Improve Delivery of Water and Sanitation Services
Friday, May 22, 2020 - 8:30am

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) joined with Taraba State Executive Governor H.E. Dairus Dickson Ishaku to formalize a new partnership to improve the management and delivery of water and sanitation (WASH) services to help people live healthier lives through reliable access to clean water. A Memorandum of Understanding signed online on May 21, 2020, outlines commitments between USAID and Taraba State to jointly develop a professionally managed, commercially oriented, and accountable state Water Board. This will be accomplished by improving the Water Board’s financial viability, and strengthening policy, institutional, and regulatory frameworks for better WASH service delivery. 

USAID Takes Novel Approach to Improving  Adolescent Health in Nigeria’s Largest Cities
Monday, May 18, 2020 - 10:00am

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has designed a new activity aimed at improving the health and well-being of poor, urban adolescents using a new, inclusive “co-creation” method to better understand the challenges young people face in leading healthy and productive lives.  The result was the five-year, $15 million award of the Youth-powered Ecosystem to Advance Urban Adolescent Health and Well-being activity to DAI Global, which will lead a group of specialized local partners to establish and strengthen a network of “youth hubs” in the state capitals of Lagos and Kano.

New U.S. Report Says Nigeria Reduces Child Deaths by 16 Percent in Last Decade
Friday, April 24, 2020 - 10:00am

The 14th Annual Report of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), which will be released today in conjunction with World Malaria Day, indicates that child death rates have decreased in Nigeria by 16 percent since 2010 when the United States began providing malaria control support to the country. During the same period, malaria prevalence has decreased by almost half – from 42 percent in 2010 to 23 percent – according to Nigeria’s most recent National Demographic and Health Survey.

World TB Day 2020
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 12:00pm

On World TB Day 2020, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the establishment of “local organizations networks” that will seek to drastically increase the level of tuberculosis (TB) cases detected and treated in Nigeria over the next five years. The networks, funded at $45 million are divided into three regions covering 18 states where data show the burden of TB to be highest. “With these new awards, USAID is making a major commitment to reducing and ultimately eradicating TB in Nigeria,” USAID Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin said of the new network.

Campaign helps to curb a leading killer of Nigerian children
Friday, July 26, 2019 - 7:00am

At a ceremony held June 6, the United States handed over 2.3 million long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets in Cross River state as part of its comprehensive effort to control malaria across Nigeria. The donation was made possible through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and jointly implemented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Feed the Future ‘Country Plan’ will boost agri-business, nutrition, and resilience
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 12:15pm

On July 18, the governments of the United States and Nigeria jointly signed a declaration of partnership to launch a five-year Feed the Future Nigeria Country Plan to increase investments in food security, build greater resilience, and improve household nutrition in the country.

New USAID ‘Integrated Health Program’ Will Help Save Lives Among Vulnerable Nigerians
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 7:00am

On June 18, the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new flagship health activity that will help five states in Nigeria improve access to primary health care services, essential commodities, and increase demand for services.

USAID’s Conflict Mitigation Activity Promotes Peaceful Coexistence between Middle Belt Farmers and Herders
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 1:00pm

Over the last four years, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Engaging Communities for Peace in Nigeria (ECPN) activity has worked to promote peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders in Nigeria’s Middle Belt states. Implemented by Mercy Corps, ECPN has helped rural communities in Nassawara and Benue states that have recently found themselves at odds due to climate change, rising populations, and competition for dwindling resources.  

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