ASHA in the Middle East

ASHA has awarded about $471 million in assistance to private institutions in the Middle East since 1959 and continues to support many institutions in the region today.

The primary objective of ASHA grants is to strengthen the capacity of these institutions to demonstrate American advances in educational and medical technology and practices in the areas of:

  • Research
  • Training
  • Patient care

ASHA-assisted institutions have contributed to the business, scientific, and medical infrastructure of many countries in the region.

The impact of these projects has increased the number and quality of institutions of higher learning, hospitals, and clinics in the Middle East.

Educational institutions in this region provide academic training at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels.  These institutions offer a varied curriculum, including baccalaureate degrees in English, the liberal arts, accounting, business administration, education, and nursing.

ASHA grants have also contributed to improvements in the socioeconomic livelihoods of the communities served and increased mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the Middle East.


For more information on ASHA in the Middle East, contact Mary Herbert at, Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR), American Schools & Hospitals Abroad (ASHA), Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance.

Last updated: September 13, 2013

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