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Guinea + 2 others
Peace Corps Removing Volunteers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 30, 2014 – The Peace Corps today announced that it is temporarily removing its volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea due to the increasing spread of the Ebola virus. The agency has been and will continue to closely monitor the outbreak of the virus in collaboration with leading experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State.

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Ukraine + 1 other
Readout of the Vice President's Call with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release July 28, 2014

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Mothers Chart Course for Better Growth in Cambodia

Heam Theanglay is a village health volunteer in Cambodia’s Pursat province. She has tried for years to convince mothers in her area to use growth monitoring, a technique for tracking the relationship between a child’s weight and age. Although the practice can help ensure children develop properly, few mothers were monitoring their children’s growth.

Until recently, that is. With support from Feed the Future, growth monitoring has taken off among the 168 households of Wat Chre village.

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Kenya + 1 other
Growing the Evidence Base behind Nutritious, Leafy Vegetables

With nutrition in mind, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture has been working with an international team of researchers to strengthen the value chain for African indigenous vegetables. Their work began in western Kenya with a food and farm training program established by the Academic Model Promoting Access to Health Care (AMPATH) health system.

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Peanuts Help Treat Malnourished Pregnant Women in Malawi

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut and Mycotoxin is using peanuts to improve the nutritional status of undernourished pregnant women in Malawi.

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World + 1 other
Innovative Technology Makes Food Safer for Families

In developing countries, one of the fastest growing and most dangerous food safety risks is aflatoxin contamination. Aflatoxins are naturally occurring fungal poisons found in crops and livestock products. Not only can they cause serious illness and even death in humans, but contaminated crops harm trade, animal health and human nutrition, including by stunting growth and development in children.

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Pacific Partnership Medical Specialists Make an Impact in Tacloban Hospital

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Karolina A. Oseguera

TACLOBAN, Philippines, July 09, 2014 —

Medical specialists from Pacific Partnership 2014 fixed ventilators for infants in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVMC) in Tacloban, July 9.

“We are working on getting their ventilators setup so they can use them on the pediatric patients,” said Lt. Cmdr. Luke Zabrocki.

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Liberia + 1 other
U.S. Government Donates Personal Protective Equipment to Support the Response to the Ebola Outbreak

Monrovia, Liberia—The U.S. Government has donated another supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the World Health Organization to support the international response to the Ebola outbreak which is affecting Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

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PP14 Teams with Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, Teaches Basic Medical Skills to Cambodian Deminers

By MC2 Karolina A. Oseguera

TAKEO, Cambodia, June 23, 2014 — U.S. Navy undersea medical specialists taught basic life support techniques to Cambodian deminers June 22 as part of Pacific Partnership 2014. The training was in support of the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation's efforts to address critical shortfalls in heavily-mine impacted countries across the globe.

Nine students took part in the training in a small classroom at the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC), which is in charge of all mine action in Cambodia.

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Philippines + 1 other
Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda): U.S. and International Response to Philippines Disaster

Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service. 02/10/2014

This 37-page document examines the impact of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which struck the central Philippines on November 8, 2013, and the U.S., Philippine, and international response. It discusses U.S. humanitarian efforts from four federal agencies, U.S.-Philippine relations, and possible economic effects of the typhoon. It also looks ahead to related policy issues.

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World + 1 other
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.