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Namibia's VMMC milestone
Четверг, Июнь 20, 2019

 

  • Honorable Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, Minister of Health and Social
         Services;
  • Mrs. Anne-Marie Nitschke, Director of Special Programs, MOHSS;
  • Mr. Alfons Amoomo, Health Director of the Omusati Region;
  • Mr. Petrus Angala, Health Director of the Oshikoto Region;
  • Ms. Elizabeth Muremi, Health Director of the Khomas Region;
  • Other Ministry and Government representatives;
  • Colleagues from U.S. agencies and implementing partners;
  • Health care workers;
  • Members of the media;
  • Ladies and gentlemen;

 

Good morning and welcome!

I am very pleased and proud to join you for this important milestone event, which tells yet another Namibian success story.

150,000!  This is the magic number we are celebrating today.  We are celebrating 150,000 smart male Namibians who have volunteered to get the “smart cut.”

Under the leadership and guidance of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, these boys and men received a safe Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC).  Their action significantly contributed to the country’s fight against HIV.  And yes, these smart boys and men deserve a round of applause.

So, what does circumcision have to do with HIV? To understand this, we need to highlight another important number:  60 percent.

Четверг, Май 9, 2019 - 10:15am

As USAID Southern Africa’s Mission Director, I am excited about the new five-year bilateral grant agreement, the Development Objective Agreement - also known as the DOAG. This agreement provides the framework for USAID’s funding of activities in Eswatini.  The majority of USAID’s work in Eswatini focuses on the multi-sector HIV response and is funded through the United States’ President’s Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Понедельник, Май 6, 2019 - 3:30pm

As I've often said, my own journey in the development field began some 30 years ago when I started off as a teacher in a small village in East Africa, and I was struck, no matter how great the challenges, the global health challenges, the poverty challenges, by the importance of human dignity and human liberty, and the challenges that so many families face day in and day out. We're in the hope business. We're the ones who help others to achieve what they can achieve.

Finally, to provide a little extra incentive and reward to all of you for your hard work, I have one last announcement. We are expanding upon the Mary A. Reynold Award for Innovation in Acquisition and Assistance by doubling the award amount and increasing the number of awardees. We want to elevate the visibility of your best ideas, so they can be adapted and applied across the Agency and elsewhere.

Понедельник, Апрель 8, 2019 - 3:30am

Healthy families are critical for Cambodia’s development and improved productivity. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Royal Government of Cambodia and the Ministry of Health for making significant progress in increasing access to health services for the Cambodian people in the past few years. The expansion of social health protection programs for the poor and vulnerable populations, improvements in infrastructure and human resources for health, and increases in financing and leadership at all levels have contributed substantially to this success.

Четверг, Апрель 4, 2019 - 7:15am

 

Thank you, Kushtrim, and thanks to everyone for joining us today to address how we can work together to help all of Kosovo’s citizens access equal rights and protections under the law.

So much of the work that USAID does revolves around partnerships, because when people come together, they can achieve great things.  In the words of Helen Keller, an American political activist and advocate for people with disabilities, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." 

Среда, Апрель 3, 2019 - 9:00am

ខ្ញុំមានក្តីសោមនស្សយ៉ាងក្រៃលែង សូមស្វាគមន៍ ឯកឧត្តម លោកជំទាវ លោក លោកស្រី កញ្ញា ភ្ញៀវកិត្តិយសជាតិ និងអន្តរជាតិ នៅក្នុងសិក្ខាសាលាចាប់ផ្តើម និងរៀនសូត្រស្តីពី “ការគ្រប់គ្រងតំបន់ទេសភាពព្រៃឡង់និងតំបន់ជុំវិញប្រកបដោយចីរភាព និងប្រសិទ្ធភាព”។ ទីភ្នាក់ងារសហរដ្ឋអាមេរិកសម្រាប់ការអភិវឌ្ឍអន្តរជាតិ មានក្តីរំភើប ដែលបានចាប់ផ្តើមការសន្ទនាលក្ខណៈស្ថាបនានេះជាមួយសង្គមស៊ីវិល សមាជិកសហគមន៍ ផ្នែកឯកជន និងមន្ត្រីរដ្ឋាភិបាលថ្នាក់ជាតិ និងថ្នាក់ក្រោមជាតិ។ ឯកឧត្តម លោកជំទាវ លោក លោកស្រី កញ្ញា ភ្ញៀវកិត្តិយសជាតិ និងអន្តរជាតិ នឹងមានឱកាសចែករំលែកព័ត៌មាន និងចំណេះដឹងអំពីការងារ ពង្រឹងការប្តេជ្ញាចិត្ត និងកិច្ចប្រឹងប្រែងរបស់ខ្លួន ក្នុងការអភិរ័ក្សព្រៃឈើ និងជីវៈចម្រុះ។ ព្រឹត្តិការណ៍ថ្ងៃនេះ គឺជាការចាប់ផ្តើមនៃភាពជាដៃគូថ្មីដ៏សំខាន់រវាងរដ្ឋាភិបាលសហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក និងរាជរដ្ឋាភិបាលកម្ពុជា តាមរយៈគម្រោង USAID ព្រៃឡង់បៃតង។ ភាពជាដៃគូនេះ នឹងប្រមូលផ្តុំអ្នកពាក់ព័ន្ធ រួមគ្នាថែរក្សា និងគ្រប់គ្រងព្រៃឈើ និងជីវៈចម្រុះរបស់ព្រៃឡង់ប្រកបដោយចីរភាពនៅកម្ពុជា។

Среда, Апрель 3, 2019 - 9:00am

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Inception and Learning Event on “Sustainable and Effective Management of the Prey Lang Extended Landscape”. USAID is thrilled to begin this constructive dialogue with civil society, community members, private sector, and national and sub-national government officials. You will have a chance to share information and knowledge about your work and strengthen your commitment and efforts to conserve the forests and biodiversity. Today’s event marks the start of an exciting new partnership between the U.S. government and the Royal Government of Cambodia through USAID’s Greening Prey Lang program. This partnership will bring all stakeholders together to preserve and sustainably manage its forests and biodiversity in Cambodia.

Четверг, Март 28, 2019 - 9:15am

Globally, TB is the top infectious disease killer worldwide. Every year, over 10 million people are infected, and nearly 2 million lose their lives to this disease. Over 4 million cases are undiagnosed or without proper treatment and care – in fact, 40 percent of TB cases are undetected. This can lead to drug-resistant forms of the disease. Those strains are expensive to treat and subject patients to potential side effects. The high cost of medication and loss of income during a patient’s illness can lead to catastrophic expenditures and poverty.

Вторник, Март 26, 2019 - 3:45pm

We are here today celebrating the strong relationship between the United States and Vietnam, due largely to two tracks of engagement that transpired concurrently. As the United States sought the return of our MIAs, the Vietnamese sought help with their war-wounded, and that is where USAID’s humanitarian work played a major role.

At USAID our job is to walk alongside our partner countries and join with them on their journey to self-reliance -- to work toward the day when foreign assistance is no longer necessary. I am so proud of the work that USAID has accomplished with our Vietnamese partners over the past 30 or so years, which has contributed significantly to Vietnam’s strong position today.

Четверг, Март 21, 2019 - 8:15am

It is a great pleasure to be here at the launch of the youlead.lk portal. Any day we can support initiatives that contribute to the education, health, and employment of youth, be it in Sri Lanka or elsewhere in the world, is a good day. Young people are critical to global stability, economic growth, and development of today - and for the future. Recognizing youth participation as vital to development, USAID partners with the private sector, national governments, youth, and civil society across the world to build the capacity and empower the next generation of leaders.

Today, I am particularly proud to celebrate the launch of Youlead.lk - a web portal that for the first time gathers all the elements young job-seekers and entrepreneurs need from career development, to job-matching, from access to finance, e-learning, and mentoring, in one place. What is significant about Youlead.lk is that it is not just a platform. It is an ecosystem. An ecosystem that will grow and expand as more and more youth add to it and become part of the community, providing leverage to their ventures and ideas.

Пятница, Март 15, 2019 - 8:30am

Good morning/ Sanibonani and thank you for the opportunity to participate in today’s event. It is a great honor to be here on behalf of the United States Government to bring our message of support and hope about tuberculosis control- a key priority for us all.  For those who joined last year’s commemoration, you remember the theme called upon leaders to work towards a TB-free world. I was glad to be there with His Majesty, King Zwelithini to hear from Deputy President Mabuza, who acknowledged the essential role of traditional leaders in ending TB among their communities.

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