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Archives for 2014

Standing with Civil Society

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Larry Garber highlights the importance of civil society and the need for USAID to ensure that, when it comes to civil society, our financial investments are met by our political commitments.

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Reducing Disaster Risk for All Generations

Vietnam Red Cross and local volunteers organize an evacuation of older community members during a flood simulation drill. / Brian Heidel, USAID

This year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction emphasizes the need to ensure that disaster planning and mitigation efforts are inclusive of all people, particularly the aging population. The day also recognizes the experience and knowledge that the aging population can bring to disaster preparedness–showing that all generations can learn from one another by working together before disasters strike to reduce risk and increase resilience.

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Calling all Innovators to Help Fight Ebola

Health workers in personal protective equipment (PPE) wait to enter the hot zone at Island Clinic in Monrovia, Liberia on Sept 22. 2014. PPE is their primary protection, but it is also the greatest source of stress

Today, West Africa faces the largest Ebola epidemic in history. A new Grand Challenge for Development is calling on innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs to generate pioneering solutions that help health care workers on the front lines provide better care and contain this devastating virus.

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The Fight on Ebola Continues in the Lab

Entrance to the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research -- once a testing facility for Hepatitis B, currently the national lab for diseases like Malaria, Cholera, and now, Ebola.

The Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research was established in the 1970s as a premier research facility to develop scientific breakthroughs for a variety of viral infections, including hepatitis. Now, the facility finds itself drawn into an epidemiological battle against another outbreak, this time as one of only a handful of laboratories where Ebola specimens are sent to be tested. The U.S. Government is joining forces to boost its capacity.

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New Promise for a Greener, More Productive Future in Indonesia

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Indonesia’s Chamber of Commerce and four of the world’s biggest palm oil companies announced a zero-deforestation palm oil pledge at the U.N. Climate Summit 2014 in New York. The U.S. supports this historic announcement and will stand with Indonesia as the country pursues a future of cleaner, more sustainable growth.

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At the Heart of Ebola — Health Systems That Need Strengthening

Health workers in personal protective equipment (PPE) wait to enter the hot zone at Island Clinic / Morgana Wingard

The Ebola epidemic reminds us that our global efforts to build the capacity to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to infectious disease threats like Ebola have never been more vital. If we use all of our might to ramp up the response to Ebola while also investing in strengthening critical health care systems, we can help bring the current epidemic under control and reduce the possibility of future outbreaks.

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Washington Post Overly Alarmist on Liberia’s “Descent into Hell”

The U.N. World Food Program distributes USAID-donated rice in West Point, a Monrovian township that has been one of the hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic. / Morgana Wingard

The Washington Post’s September 30 story of Liberia’s “descent into economic hell” was overly alarmist and disconnected from that country’s recent history. In fact, the Ebola crisis has hit a society that is on the rise economically and in the midst of constructing legitimate and effective government institutions.

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Standing with Liberia to Reverse Ebola’s ‘Spillover’ Effects

Washing is a vital part of the operation of the Ebola Treatment Unit at Island Clinic in Monrovia. All scrubs worn under PPEs and shoes must be washed thoroughly in chlorine water and then with soap. / Morgana Wingard

Ebola threatens not only lives, but livelihoods. If it is not contained, it could reverse years of development progress for the affected countries. That’s why the United States, along with our international partners, is stepping up to this challenge.

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Politically Smart Development

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Earlier this month, Tony Blair, Patron of the Africa Governance Initiative, set out the case for politically smart and locally led aid which means identifying and working on reforms that political leaders really care about. By taking this politically realistic approach, we believe aid will be more effective and so will governments in developing countries.

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Andrew Hill: “There’s no standard blueprint for an Ebola treatment unit.”

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This is the second blog in our Profiles in Courage series in which photojournalist Morgana Wingard compiles snapshots and sound bites from our USAID and Disaster Assistance Response Team staff on the front lines of the Ebola response. Here she talks to U.S. Army Civil Engineer, Andrew Hill who creates the blueprints for life-saving Ebola treatment units.

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