- 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.
In 2014, USAID built on the critical foundation provided by the 2012 release of the Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy to ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment is at the core of development. This fact sheet highlights programs shaped by the gender analysis requirement, country-specific activities, and institutional changes that have helped define this effort and looks ahead to key activities for 2015.
In 2015, Afghanistan will conduct its first Demographic and Health Survey (ADHS), the “gold standard” in survey research. The ADHS results will provide rigorous data on a range of topics: fertility levels, marriage rate, fertility preferences, awareness and use of family planning methods, breastfeeding practices, nutritional status of mothers and young children, childhood and maternal mortality, maternal and child health, and 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. USAID supports the World Health Organization in the operation of a Disease Early Warning System (DEWS) to collect information on a weekly basis on 15 targeted communicable diseases.
- Implementation period: September 2013 - August 2015
- Project budget: $1.2 million
- Implementation period: June 2013 – June 2015
- Project budget: $1 million
Last updated: January 10, 2013