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22 Feb 2016 description

Launched in 2005 by President George W. Bush and expanded under President Barack Obama, the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) is a historic U.S. Government effort to lead the fight against malaria. Since the beginning of the Obama Administration, with the support of Congress, annual funding levels for PMI doubled.

31 Jan 2016 description

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy recently released its annual report covering research and activities progress over the past year. The overall goal of the FSP program is to promote inclusive agricultural productivity growth, improved nutritional outcomes, and enhanced livelihood resilience for men and women through improved policy environments. The goal will be achieved by fostering credible, inclusive, transparent and sustainable policy processes at country and regional levels and filling critical policy evidence gaps.

30 Jan 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN requests $1.3 billion for life-saving assistance to 5.1 million people in South Sudan in 2016

  • WFP utilizes air assets and vehicle and barge convoys to reach food-insecure populations and pre-position humanitarian supplies

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

06 Jan 2016 description

Conflict, cyclical drought, floods, disease outbreaks, environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and limited government response capacity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the ECA region. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID’s Office of U.S.

09 Dec 2015 description

Posted by Benjamin Rost

Each year, in the days leading up to holiday gatherings across the United States, stoves and ovens put in a lot of hours.

Many are used to cook turkeys; some roast more than one. Stovetops steam green beans, simmer gravies, and cook cranberries down to a sauce.

24 Nov 2015 description

The goal of Developing Economic Strengthening Interventions for Group Production (DESIGN) is to design a better cooperative development model in Uganda by working with rural smallholders to understand their motivations and expectations for joining cooperatives. The program assesses individual’s “willingness to cooperate” used as a proxy for “trust,” to understand the drivers of cooperation and to assess how trust forms and/or changes overtime within a cooperative.

17 Nov 2015 description

Newborns are perhaps the most vulnerable population the world over. Preterm or babies born too early, less than 37 weeks gestation, are particularly at risk. Currently, prematurity is the leading cause of death among children under five around the world, and a leading cause of disability and ill health later in life. Sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia account for over 60 percent of preterm births worldwide. Of the fifteen million babies born too early each year, more than one million die due to complications related to preterm birth.

03 Nov 2015 description

This MOP presents a detailed implementation plan to be implemented with FY 2016 funds in Uganda. This document reviews the current status of malaria control policies and interventions, describes progress to date, identifies challenges and unmet needs, and describes planned activities under PMI.

19 Oct 2015 description

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and partners released the Saving Mothers, Giving Life Mid-Initiative Report, which shows nearly a 50 percent reduction in maternal deaths in target facilities in Uganda and Zambia in the first 2½ years of the initiative.

11 Sep 2015 description

USAID/DRC FACT SHEET - COUNTER-LORD'S RESISTANCE ARMY (C-LRA) OVERVIEW

06 Aug 2015 description

The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)

Malaria prevention and control is a major U.S. foreign assistance objective, and PMI’s strategy fully aligns with the U.S. Government’s vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty. Under the PMI Strategy for 2015–2020, the U.S. Government’s goal is to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity toward the long-term goal of elimination.

Country Context

28 Jul 2015 description

Leaders in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) require timely and compelling evidence about how to strengthen their health systems to improve the health and well-being of their citizens. Yet, evidence on how to strengthen health system performance to achieve sustainable health improvements at scale, particularly toward Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths (EPCMD), fostering an AIDS-Free Generation (AFG), and Protecting Communities against Infectious Diseases (PCID) is limited. The evidence that does exist is scattered, insufficiently analyzed, and not widely disseminated.

30 Apr 2015 description

This evaluation was designed to review the goals and implementation of activities relating to public and private extension services supporting the achievement of USAID agriculture and food security program objectives. It assesses the relevance and efficacy of current activities; identifies ways to make future USAID support in this area more efficient and effective; and may be used in shaping future Feed the Future programs both at the Washington support level and in mission programs.

22 Apr 2015 description

INTRODUCTION

The following is a Monthly Conflict Scan Report produced in Uganda by the USAID Supporting Access to Justice, Fostering Equity and Peace (SAFE) Program.

21 Apr 2015 description

Launched in June 2005 by President George W. Bush, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) represented a major 5-year, $1.265 billion expansion of U.S. Government resources for malaria control. The Initiative is led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). PMI funds programs in 19 focus countries in Africa and one regional program in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia (see Appendix 1).

15 Dec 2014 description

Highlights from this issue:

  • What can we learn from the missteps of providing corticosteroids for preterm delivery?

  • How should health systems in West Africa be strengthened in the wake of the Ebola outbreak?

  • How can behavior change activities increase contraceptive use in urban areas?

  • What role can drug shops play in family planning?

  • How do health care workers find the courage to care for Ebola patients?