Our weekly feature highlighting upcoming events at USAID Missions around the globe.
In Indonesia, the U.S. government, through a USAID Development Credit Authority facility, will provide a guarantee to a new student loan program funded by the Putera Sampoerna Foundation and two financial institutions, UBS AG and Raiffeisen Bank International AG. The program will provide student loans over a 20-year period for Indonesian students, including those interested in studying in America. Making available student loans will give Indonesian students of all economic backgrounds the financial means necessary to pursue their educational goals.
In Male, Maldives, USAID/Sri Lanka will launch an Enhancing Climate Resiliency and Water Security project. The project will target assistance to two islands in the north of the country, with the goal of making them climate resilient islands. The project will help island residents improve their knowledge and ability to protect their islands’ natural resources, and over the long-term reduce their vulnerability to climate change.
In Uganda, we held a ground-breaking ceremony for an integrated cancer training and treatment facility on the grounds of the Uganda Cancer Institute. Ugandan Vice President Edward Ssekandi and Harold Varmus, Nobel laureate and director of the U.S. National Cancer Institute along with David Eckerson, USAID-Uganda Mission Director, led the ground-breaking ceremony for an integrated cancer training and treatment facility on the grounds of the Uganda Cancer Institute at Mulago Hospital. USAID has awarded grants valued at $1.4 million to Seattle, Washington-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to aid in the construction of the first American cancer clinic and medical-training facility. When completed, the new facility will significantly increase patient access to cancer diagnosis and treatment while furthering study of cancers in Uganda. NTV Uganda, Uganda’s leading TV station, aired the ground-breaking ceremony at Mulago Hospital. Check out the clip on YouTube.