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27 Mar 2015 description

In the wake of Cyclone Pam, the United States Government immediately issued disaster declarations from U.S. Embassy Port Moresby and has since donated a total of $1.4 million in assistance to Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that the United States contributed $1,000,000 through the USAID Food for Peace (FFP) program to the World Food Program (WFP) to support the immediate food security needs of affected populations in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu over the coming three month period.

25 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New confirmed EVD case in Liberia occurs nearly one month after country’s last confirmed case

  • The Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) continues to report a declining trend in weekly incidence of new confirmed EVD cases

  • The Government of Guinea (GoG) documents 215 confirmed EVD cases in March as of March 23, surpassing the 153 and 214 cases reported in January and February, respectively

25 Mar 2015 description

March 20, 2015, Manila -On March 9, the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided an additional Php63 million and school equipment for post-disaster education needs in 19 municipalities in Iloilo, Capiz and Bohol.

25 Mar 2015 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House announced that the U.S. Government will make up to $800 million available to support a New Development Partnership with Afghanistan. The initiative will help Afghanistan achieve self-reliance and reinforce our commitment to results and accountability by linking funds to specific reforms in combating corruption, promoting rule of law, strengthening women’s rights, and enhancing private sector growth.

24 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • February–May seasonal rainfall may be below average, causing households in Afar, Oromiya, and Somali regions to continue experiencing Crisis—IPC 3—levels of food insecurity through June*

  • The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) 2015 appeals for $344.9 million to fund relief operations during 2015

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

24 Mar 2015 description

A large-scale tsunami response exercise will take place in the Caribbean on 25 March. The purpose of this exercise is to test the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, established in 2005 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). It is designed to evaluate the response capacity of Caribbean countries and adjacent regions* in the event of a dangerous tsunami. The organizers** of the test have prepared two scenarii.

23 Mar 2015 description

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

In the wake of the destruction resulting from Cyclone Pam, the United States Government has awarded $400,000 in disaster assistance in Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. This funding has been given to international programs and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are providing on-the-ground disaster assistance in these two cyclone-affected countries.

21 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tropical Cyclone Pam brought heavy rains and damaging winds to several South Pacific islands.

  • The USG has declared disasters in the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

  • USAID/OFDA staff are in Vanuatu to assess storm damage and coordinate USG response efforts.

  • The international community is responding to humanitarian needs under the leadership of the storm-affected host governments.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

20 Mar 2015 description

Total Funding: $9.4 million
Start Date: September 2014
End Date: September 2019
Implementing Partner: Millennium DPI Partners

The Challenge

20 Mar 2015 description

By Major Jacky Ly, Office of Defense Cooperation, U.S. Embassy Hanoi, Vietnam | March 19, 2015

QUANG NAM PROVINCE, Vietnam -- Brig. Gen. John O’Neil, U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) Director of Logistics, Engineering, and Security Cooperation, handed over a newly constructed two story extension of a Disaster Management Coordination Center (DMCC) to Mr. Nguyen Chin, Vice Chairman of the Peoples Provincial Committee of Quang Nam province, Vietnam, March 3, 2015.

19 Mar 2015 description

Addis Ababa March 18/2015 The commitment of Ethiopia to accommodate refugees is highly appreciable, Deputy Assistant Secretary of US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration said.

Deputy Assistant SecretaryCatherine A. Wiesner, officials and international organization representatives yesterday inaugurated a new refugee camp that can accommodate 50,000 refugees in Gambella Regional State as the Leitchuor camp is exposed to floods.

19 Mar 2015 description

Freetown, Mar. 18, 2015 (MOHS) - The Centre for Disease Control Foundation (CDC) USA has handed over the newly constructed $4 Million Centre for Disease Control Complex to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation at a ceremony held on Wednesday March 18, 2015 at Cockril in Freetown.

The Centre which has the potential for future emergencies and disease outbreaks has the capacity to make Sierra Leone a model and future leaders of response around the globe.

19 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WHO reports 150 new confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), including 95 cases in Guinea and 55 in Sierra Leone, during the week ending on March 15. The week marks Guinea’s highest weekly recorded total during 2015.

  • All contacts associated with the last known chain of transmission in Liberia have completed the 21-day monitoring period.

  • The EVD outbreak has resulted in nearly 10,200 deaths to date in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

13 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fifteen UN Security Council ambassadors undertake mid-March assessment trip to CAR

  • Between 3,000 and 4,000 residents of Ouaka Prefecture’s Grimari town flee recent clashes and require humanitarian assistance

  • High levels of food insecurity are expected to persist through the end of the upcoming lean season in August

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

11 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden visited Guinea from March 4 to 10 to assess ongoing efforts to curb the spread of EVD. Dr. Frieden met with senior USG and Government of Guinea (GoG) officials and traveled to Forécariah and Coyah prefectures, both of which have reported confirmed EVD cases in recent days.

  • WHO reports 116 new confirmed cases of EVD in Guinea and Sierra Leone in the week ending on March 8.

  • The Government of Liberia (GoL) has not documented a new confirmed EVD case since February 19.