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Archives for 2015

U.S. Increases Funding to Nepal Earthquake Relief Effort

On a visit to Nepal, USAID Acting Administrator Alfonso E. Lenhardt announced an additional $11 million for earthquake relief efforts and outlined the U.S. response going forward. The additional funding reflects an enduring U.S. commitment to the Nepali people.

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Media’s Multiple Roles in Democracy and Development

A man in Myanmar reads a newspaper on the street. / Kim Nguyen van Zoen, Internews

Sunday is World Press Freedom Day, which prompts us to reflect on the vital role that journalists and media play in our daily lives. USAID recognizes this critical role, supporting freer and better-established media in over 30 countries.

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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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Shrinking the Malaria Map

The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) is working to eradicate malaria, a completely preventable and treatable disease. For World Malaria Day, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Adm. Ziemer talks about PMI’s successes and what still needs to be done.

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Slam Dunk: Empowering African Women Through Sports

Astou Ndiaye came from humble beginnings to the world of basketball, from living with 20
siblings in her native Senegal to making a name for herself in the WNBA. In the process, she became strong, confident and dedicated–she now hopes USAID sports programs can help youth achieve the same.

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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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