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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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A Grand Challenge to Help Health Care Workers Fight Ebola

Health care workers put on Personal protective equipment (PPE) before going into the hot zone at Island Clinic in Monrovia, Liberia on Sept 22 2014. / Morgana Wingard, USAID

Today, West Africa faces the largest Ebola epidemic in history. A new Grand Challenge for Development is calling on innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs to design better protective solutions for the health care workers leading the battle against Ebola from the front lines.

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Providing Humanitarian Assistance During Unprecedented Times

Our partner Catholic Relief Services distributes life-saving aid from OFDA airlifts to those affected by the ongoing crisis in the Central African Republic. /Catholic Relief Services

Today is World Humanitarian Day, a day to commemorate the fallen relief workers who died in the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, as well as the thousands of others who have given their lives to help those in need. Last year marked the most violent year for aid organizations in the past decade: 155 relief staff were killed, 168 were injured, and 132 were kidnapped. This is always a sobering day, but is all the more so this year as we mourn the six aid workers just recently murdered in South Sudan and the many health care staff in West Africa who have sacrificed their lives treating those with Ebola.

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Standing with the People of the Central African Republic for a Stronger Future

Last week, as I flew into Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), what first appeared as a densely populated city came into sharp focus as a sprawling, miserable settlement of tarps, sticks, and rags. With a total population of about 750,000, almost 400,000 people in Bagui are displaced and 100,000 people are now huddled in an encampment by the airport, seeking refuge from a vicious cycle of attacks and lawlessness.

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Preparing Syrians for a Harsh Winter

A young Syrian boy receives a box of clothing at a USAID-supported distribution site. Photo credit: USAID Partner

USAID is distributing warm clothing and thermal blankets to help Syrians prepare for the cold winter months. Read more >>

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Photos of the Week: USAID Response to Typhoon Haiyan

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Since Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda, hit the Philippines’ coasts on November 8, USAID has been working hard with the U.S. Government to provide relief to Filipinos in affected areas. Read more >>

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Video of the Week: USAID Announces Additional $10 Million for Philippine Relief Effort

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USAID Assistant Administrator Nancy Lindborg talks about “steady drumbeat” of aid from the U.S. to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Read more >>

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Strengthening the Philippines through USAID Relief

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Eric Chiarito, from Hyde Park, N.Y., left, and Marine Sgt. Jonathan Thornton, from Lake Havasu, Ariz., load supplies to assist the Philippine government in response to the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Photo credit: U.S. Navy.

Report from USAID’s Director of Foreign Disaster Assistance on combined USG effort to support those affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Read more >>

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Video of the Week: POTUS on Typhoon Haiyan

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President Obama delivers remarks on Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Read more >>

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USAID at UNGA 2013: Day Two

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A recap of USAID’s participation during, and around, several events at this year’s United Nations General Assembly. Read more >>

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