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29 Jul 2015 description

Tjada McKenna, Assistant to the Administrator, USAID Bureau for Food Security & Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future | Feed the Future | Blog

When President Obama first took office, he promised that the United States would work along the people of poor nations to make farms flourish, nourish starved bodies, and feed hungry minds.

21 Jul 2015 description

Department calls on Centers for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing

One of the nation’s centers dedicated to developing and manufacturing drugs and vaccines for emergencies will produce a novel therapeutic drug to treat Ebola virus disease under a task order issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This is the first task order to a Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM) and will support the ongoing global public health response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

01 Jul 2015 description
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The fight against malaria is making historic gains across sub-Saharan Africa. In countries where insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs), indoor residual spraying (IRS), improved diagnostic tests, and highly effective antimalarial drugs have been scaled up, mortality rates in children under five years of age have fallen markedly. According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) 2014 World Malaria Report, in Africa, between 2000 and 2013, the estimated number of malaria cases in all age groups decreased from 174 million to 163 million.

26 Jun 2015 description

By John Budnik
USACE - Alaska District Public Affairs

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently completed two humanitarian assistance construction projects that are now providing critical support services to the population of Kathmandu, Nepal, in the wake of the deadly earthquakes that struck in April and May.

08 Jun 2015 description

We, the leaders of the G7, met in Elmau for our annual Summit on 7 and 8 June 2015. Guided by our shared values and principles, we are determined to work closely together to meet the complex international economic and political challenges of our times. We are committed to the values of freedom and democracy, and their universality, to the rule of law and respect for human rights, and to fostering peace and security. Especially in view of the numerous crises in the world, we as G7 nations stand united in our commitment to uphold freedom, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

18 May 2015 description

KATHMANDU, Nepal, May 17, 2015 – Joint Task Force 505 continues its commitment to Nepal by conducting humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations, JTF 505 officials said today.

“The United States Military will remain committed to our mission here in Nepal,” said Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John E. Wissler, JTF 505 commander. “We will continue to stand with Nepal as long as our friends need our help.”

07 May 2015 description

By 374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- As U.S. efforts to support the Government of Nepal recover from the earthquake that struck the country April 25, the 374th Airlift Wing sent four C-130 Hercules and accompanying personnel to aid Joint Task Force-505 in its mission.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated Central Nepal, resulting in more than 7,000 people reported dead and 14,000 more injured in days since the incident.

01 May 2015 description

In western Honduras, more than 40 percent of children under the age of five are estimated to suffer from stunting, which is a result of inadequate nutrition. Without proper nutrition early in life, children’s lifelong health and productivity suffer, as do economies in countries where undernutrition is widespread.

01 May 2015 description

In Nepal, several coordinated Feed the Future efforts are leveraging opportunities for improved food security and evidence-based nutrition interventions.

29 Apr 2015 description

Ambassador Peter W. Bodde welcomed the U.S. Disaster Assistance and Response Team (DART) to Nepal today, April 28. The team is deployed to assist with relief and recovery efforts in coordination with the Nepal Government, the international community, and relief agencies, after the April 25 earthquake. U.S. Government on-the-ground emergency relief and recovery will comprise of nearly 130 members, also including Urban Search and Rescue Teams from Fairfax and Los Angeles Counties, along with 45 square tons of cargo.

27 Apr 2015 description

By Staff Sgt. Chris Hubenthal | April 24, 2015

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines -- Health workers attending exercise Balikatan’s First Responder Training Course prepared to put their patient care skills to the test as an announcement echoed throughout the training Coliseum.

18 Feb 2015 description

New five-year activity will strengthen collaborative effort against drug-resistant TB

Addis Ababa, February 18, 2015 – Representatives from the Governments of Ethiopia and the United States joined with officials from ALERT and St. Peter’s hospitals today to inaugurate renovated tuberculosis (TB) laboratories and an outpatient department. The U.S. Government, through USAID, funded the renovation that included basic culture laboratory equipment, installation of a negative pressure system and furniture under its TB CARE I activity.

13 Feb 2015 description

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 11, 2015

27 Jan 2015 description

New Programming Guide Highlights Food and Nutrition in Fight Against HIV/AIDS

A new programming guide on food and nutrition in the context of HIV and Tuberculosis published by WFP together with UNAIDS and PEPFAR/USAID describes why food and nutrition support is an essential component of prevention, treatment, care and support of people living with HIV and discusses how to integrate it into programmes.

24 Dec 2014 description

Le Gouvernement des Etats-Unis fera don de 100 trousses de premiers secours au Département haïtien des pompiers au cours d’une cérémonie qui se tiendra demain 8 novembre à 11:00 am au quartier général de la Police Nationale d’Haiti (PNH). La cérémonie sera présidée par le Major Général Dabadie de la Garde Nationale de la Louisiane. Les fonds alloués pour l’acquisition de ces trousses proviennent du Bureau en charge des affaires relatives au Trafic International de Narcotique et au Renforcement de la Loi, en vue de renforcer la capacité de réaction en cas d’urgence.

24 Dec 2014 description

New projects accelerate development, evaluation, and manufacturing of promising Ebola vaccines

Contracts to speed further development of two promising Ebola vaccines, known as rVSV-ZEBOV-GP and ChAd3 EBO-Z, could pave the way for commercial scale production of millions of vaccine doses if clinical trials prove safety and efficacy, officials of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) announced today.

19 Dec 2014 description

Workers involved in handling, treatment, transport and disposal of medical, laboratory and other waste must be protected from exposure to Ebola virus—which causes Ebola virus disease—and from physical and chemical hazards that may be associated with waste management tasks.

06 Nov 2014 description

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

Since the first cases of Ebola were reported in West Africa in March 2014, the United States has mounted a whole-of-government response to contain and eliminate the epidemic at its source, while also taking prudent measures to protect the American people.

03 Nov 2014 description

To meet the urgent needs of victims of the recent landslides in Koslanda, the United States Government has provided 6.5 million Sri Lankan Rupees ($50,000) for emergency humanitarian assistance. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is working closely with Sri Lanka’s National Disaster Relief Services Center and international aid partners to coordinate the donation of most urgently-needed items.