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Some of the villagers in Dourbali line up at the "fair" table, where mobile health team aides dispense medicines.

In the 1970’s, there was an international effort that sought to provide relief and development assistance to the victims of the savage drought that has brought distress to the Sub-Sahara countries of Africa. The United States, through USAID participated in a Recovery and Rehabilitation program aimed at providing the basis for social and economic development of the area, known as Sahel. AID’s assistance included health and nutrition projects; agriculture and livestock production; water management; transportation and reforestation activities, as well as emergency relief.