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Aid Pushed to the Forefront of U.S. Foreign Policy

USAID Acting Administrator Alfonso E. Lenhardt delivers remarks at the briefing on the 2015 QDDR at the State Department. / Robb Hohmann, USAID

The State Department and USAID released the second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, a blueprint for advancing America’s interests in global security, inclusive economic growth, climate change, accountable governance and freedom for all.

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USAID Arrives in Nepal, Earthquake Response Efforts Begin

A member of USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team -- from Fairfax County’s urban search-and-rescue team -- works with a canine to search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building in Bhaktapur, Nepal. / Fairfax County Fire and Rescue

After Nepal’s devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake on Saturday, USAID sent a Disaster Assistance Response Team to coordinate the U.S. response efforts to deliver life-saving aid to those in need.

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Vaccinating Each Child to Build a Village

Esther Das, an auxiliary nurse midwife, reviews the “My Village My Home” tool with community members in a village in Eastern India. / MCHIP

The “My Village My Home” tool helps community members and health workers increase the number of children who are vaccinated. World Immunization Week calls attention to the need for efforts like these to protect children from preventable diseases.

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5 Memorable Moments from Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day

Celebrity musical guests at last weekend’s Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day included Train frontman Pat Monahan. / Ellie Van Houtte, USAID

More than 250,000 people attended Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day last weekend in Washington, D.C. Check out memorable quotes and photos from the event to inspire action to fight climate change and poverty on the 45th anniversary of Earth Day.

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Rebuilding Liberia As Ebola Cases Decline

Orphaned by the Ebola crisis, a young girl carries freshly harvested crops to the home of Harriet B. Quenisseeir. Harriet and her husband have welcomed 35 youth--most orphaned by Ebola--into their home. USAID is using food distributions to help ensure that all 35 are fed, happy and healthy. / Adam Parr, USAID

Liberia was hit hard by Ebola. But as the number of Ebola cases gets close to zero, new stories, signs of hope and efforts to rebuild are emerging. USAID is committed to supporting a full Liberian recovery–this is what that commitment looks like.

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From Vaccinations to Vitamins: Ensuring West Africans Get Critical Care Amid Ebola Crisis

A little girl prepares to get her final round of adolescent shots at the Star of the Sea clinic in Monrovia, Liberia. / Adam Parr, USAID

Now that new Ebola cases are starting to decline in West Africa, USAID is focusing on re-establishing and strengthening health systems. At the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Concert today, the Agency announced that $126M will go toward this goal.

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Road to Redemption: How One Liberian Hospital is Recovering from Ebola

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Redemption Hospital took on some of the earliest Ebola patients. When 12 health care workers became infected, the hospital was forced to shut down. USAID and the International Rescue Committee have since partnered to renovate and reopen the hospital’s emergency and pediatric wards.

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Battling Ebola: How Tours into Guinea’s Hot Zone are Helping in the Fight

Anne-Flore Hivet leads social mobilization efforts for French Red Cross in Forécariah, Guinea and acts as a chief tour guide inside its Ebola treatment facility. / Carol Han, USAID/OFDA

Fears of organ harvesting. Belief that health care workers are actually giving Ebola rather than treating it. With rumors like these, it’s no wonder why some Guineans are afraid of Ebola treatment centers. USAID is funding the French Red Cross not only to run an Ebola treatment center, but also to take a novel approach to help fight the community’s fears.

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Ending the ‘Neglect’ in Neglected Tropical Diseases

A national monitoring team meets during a field visit to a mass drug administration in Ghana. / FHI360

USAID is committed to supporting the control and elimination of some of the most debilitating neglected tropical diseases around the world. We have the drugs we need from strategic partnerships, giving us the ability to treat millions. Now, countries must also step up and dedicate their own resources to fighting these diseases.

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Working to Beat Ebola Along the Border

Border crossings like this one at Bo Waterside in Liberia were closed for six months due to the Ebola outbreak. / Carol Han, USAID/OFDA

Many Liberian businesses were hit hard when Ebola caused the border between Liberia and Sierra Leone to close for six months. USAID and Global Communities have built screening and triage stations so that people can safely travel between the countries again.

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