Fact Sheets

March 11, 2015

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  • WHO reports 132 new confirmed cases of EVD in Guinea and Sierra Leone in the week ending on March 1.
  • No new EVD cases confirmed in Liberia in nearly two weeks.
  • Response actors remain concerned regarding ongoing EVD transmission chains in Guinea’s Forécariah Prefecture, where 23 EVD cases since February 28—more than 70 percent of the 32 confirmed cases in the same time period countrywide—have occurred.

At USAID, we believe that gender equality and women’s empowerment isn’t a part of development but at the core of development. Water, energy, agriculture, conflict and health can all affect men and women differently. These differences are not barriers but opportunities to maximize the impact of our work by delivering development in a more targeted, effective and sustainable way.

In 2015, Afghanistan launched its first-ever nationwide effort to gather comprehensive demographic and health information of its citizens. The Demographic and Health Survey will provide rigorous data on fertility levels, marriage rates, awareness and use of family planning methods, breastfeeding practices, nutritional status of mothers and young children, childhood and maternal health and mortality, as well as information on social indicators such as domestic violence.

USAID Partnership Contracts for Health (PCH) project supports the Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to deliver basic health services to more than 1.5 million Afghans every month.

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems project seeks to increase the availability and use of quality medicines and pharmaceutical commodities in Afghanistan. 

USAID’s Health Policy Project (HPP) works to build the Afghan Ministry of Public Health’s (MoPH) ability to regulate the health sector, coordinate its activities with the private sector, and improve financial management within the Ministry.

Since 2008 USAID has trained health workers on TB case detection, diagnosis and treatment. Building on this foundation, the Challenge TB program improves TB control in Afghanistan by increasing case detection, improving treatment, and strengthening the Ministry of Public Health’s ability to coordinate and direct TB activities.

Communicable diseases account for 60 to 80 percent of all outpatient visits and more than half of all deaths in Afghanistan. Controlling communicable diseases is one of the highest priorities for the Ministry of Public Health.

OVERVIEW

  • Implementation period: September 2013 - August 2015
  • Project budget: $1.2 million

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Last updated: March 12, 2015