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Shared Responsibility-Strengthening Results For An AIDS-Free Generation: Latest PEPFAR Funding - As of January 2014

Launched in 2003 by President George W. Bush, with strong bipartisan support from the U.S. Congress, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is America’s commitment to fighting the global AIDS epidemic. Through shared responsibility and smart investments, PEPFAR is saving lives, building more secure families and helping to stabilize fragile nations. With the generous support of the American people, the U.S.

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Myanmar + 1 other
United States Government Provides $25 Million to Assist Displaced Persons

The U.S. Government will provide a new contribution of $25 million in assistance to address the dire humanitarian situation faced by displaced communities in Rakhine, Kachin, and the country’s Southeast region (southern Shan, Karen, Kayah, Mon States). The announcement follows a joint diplomatic mission undertaken by delegations from the United States, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom to Rakhine State 11-12 November 2013, and U.S. Mission visits to Kachin State 24-26 October and to Karen and Mon State 1-3 November, to witness the political and humanitarian situation there.

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USS George Washington Underway for the Philippines

From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs

YOKOSUKA, Japan - The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) and her strike group departed early from their port visit to Hong Kong Nov. 12 and are en route to the Republic of the Philippines to support humanitarian efforts in response to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda by order of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

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Changing health care in Lesotho

The services Mahlape receives at her community health clinic have drastically improved her health—and possibly even saved her life, she said. She receives regular checkups and antiretroviral treatments to battle her HIV. The treatments and immunizations have provided her infant son with a better chance at a more productive future.

And with the recent opening of a new clinic—whose construction was funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation—Mahlape is hopeful even more people from her eastern Lesotho community will benefit.

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Feed the Future Invests in Next Generation of African Nutrition Researchers

There is an inextricable link between agriculture and nutrition, which is why Feed the Future is committed to developing programs that comprehensively address the chronic hunger and undernutrition that prevent children from growing up to lead healthy, productive lives. One way the initiative supports better nutrition is by investing in research that investigates how agriculture, nutrition and health programs can best be integrated to improve nutrition for mothers and children on a large scale.

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Papua New Guinea + 5 others
ADF personnel participate in humanitarian mission

A large joint contingent of Australian and American personnel are onboard HMAS Tobruk to participate in Pacific Partnership, an annual US-sponsored humanitarian and civic assistance mission aimed at strengthening international relationships with partner and host nations in the Asia-Pacific.

One hundred military medical and engineering personnel are embarked in HMAS Tobruk as part of the seven-week deployment to Papua New Guinea.

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Fact Sheet: President Obama Increases Humanitarian Assistance to Syrians

This $300 million in additional humanitarian aid from the United States will increase food aid, medical care, clean water, and provide shelter and other relief supplies for families suffering in Syria and neighboring countries.

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Georgia + 1 other
Humanitarian Assistance Program Helps 10,000 Georgians

On June 6, United State Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Bridget Brink, along with local government officials and regional medical professionals, visited the United States’ Embassy supported Hellenicare Hippocrates clinic and Mobile Medical Units (MMU). The MMU distribute valuable medical equipment and supplies to rural ambulatories allowing rural clinic doctors to better treat their patients living in rural areas with more limited access to care.

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MCC Strengthens Health Systems in Lesotho to Prevent and Treat HIV/AIDS

Lesotho’s HIV/AIDs prevalence of approximately 23 percent is one of the highest in the world. In 2003, the epidemic caused life expectancy for the average Basotho to drop to 44 years. Lesotho has made slow but steady progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS; according to the World Bank, life expectancy has been on the rise, now reaching 48 years.

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U.S. Government and MoPHP Help Yemeni Midwives Serve Isolated Communities

The U.S. government and the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPHP) today held the closing ceremony for 60 midwives from Sana’a, Ibb and Taiz who are now ready to better serve isolated communities after receiving training and medical equipment through the U.S.-funded Private Provider Midwives (PPM) activity.

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Giving Children a Better Chance to Lead Healthy Lives in Guatemala

Every child should grow up to be healthy, but that is not the reality for many children in Guatemala.

As a result of food insecurity and chronic undernutrition, too many children throughout Guatemala suffer from physical and mental disabilities that can last a lifetime.

But in Alta Verapaz, where food insecurity conditions are most severe, families in the region are eating a greater variety of more nutritious foods. With this more diverse diet, not only has the rate of child stunting decreased, but so has the rate of underweight children.

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Senegal + 4 others
In West Africa, Peace Corps Raises Profile of Undernutrition

In parts of West Africa, the Peace Corps is expanding opportunities for its Volunteers to receive training in combating hunger and undernutrition.

Peace Corps Volunteers are closely integrated with the communities they serve, often supporting local community health workers or even providing counseling themselves to caregivers responsible for the health and nutrition of family members.

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Uganda + 1 other
Project Spotlight: Bukonzo Joint Coffee Cooperative

In the heart of the Rwenzori ‘Mountain of the Moon’ valley in Western Uganda, rural coffee farmers now export organic, fair trade certified Arabica coffee overseas. In 2011, the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) awarded Bukonzo Joint Cooperative Society (Bukonzo) an expansion grant to guarantee that local premium coffee from 3,500 producer members reached international markets.

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U.S. Announces Additional Funding in Response to Syria Crisis

The announcement brings the United States' total contribution of humanitarian support in response to this crisis to nearly $385 million

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U.S. Government Assistance to Syria

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 9, 2013

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World + 2 others
United States Government Announces $11 Million in Additional Support for Rapid TB Test in 14 Countries

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 4, 2012 – Today, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced an additional $11 million to provide up to 150 Xpert® MTB/RIF instruments and 450,000 test cartridges in 14 high-burden countries across sub-Saharan Africa and in Burma.

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DOD provides update for hurricane Sandy response

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2012 –

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U.S. Pledges to Support Government of Guatemala’s “Zero Hunger Plan”

On July 25, U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala Arnold Chacon joined President Otto Pérez Molina and private sector and youth leaders to officially join the “Pacto Hambre Cero” (“Zero Hunger Plan”), which President Pérez launched in February 2012.

The plan is the first long-term national food security strategy in Guatemala to commit to measurable objectives. It calls for active and sustained involvement from all sectors of society and includes measures to significantly reduce mal- and undernutrition in six departments of Guatemala’s Western Highlands.

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From Disaster Recovery to Development: Feed the Future Builds Community Health and Nutrition in Nepal

August 21, 2012
Feed the Future | From the Field

A Feed the Future program in Nepal has built upon what started as a disaster recovery program for flood victims and is now delivering some impressive development results.

Since the flood recovery program began in 2008, it has enabled 7,600 Nepalese farmers in commercial agriculture to increase their net sales by 800 percent, more than tripling household incomes; supported the establishment of 4,500 home gardens that produce fruits and vegetables for home consumption; and trained 6,000 people on health and nutrition.