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19 Dec 2005 description

State Department releases chronology of activities spanning 143 years

The United States has spent more than a billion dollars in the past dozen years on humanitarian land mine removal efforts around the world.

This money has been spent to remove land mines, pay for educational messages on the risks posed by mines, help victims of mine injuries, and fund research and development to improve existing humanitarian mine removal programs.

30 Jun 2005 description

Andrew Natsios , U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator

Washington, DC
June 30, 2005

30 Jun 2005 description

Malaria is "highly treatable and preventable," President Bush told an audience in Washington June 30, as he announced an increase in U.S. funding for malaria prevention and treatment of more than $1.2 billion over five years.

24 May 2005 description

Warming of Indian and Atlantic oceans changes African monsoons

A new analysis of Africa's past and future climate shows that the Sahel region -- which experienced catastrophic drought in the 1990s, before the rains returned -- could experience wetter monsoons for decades to come. Drought across southern Africa is projected to intensify.

According to a press release from the U.S.

27 Apr 2005 description

Cites neighboring nations' generosity in accepting refugees

In a statement issued April 27, the State Department announced U.S.

20 Apr 2005 description

Natsios cites Haiti, Sudan, Ethiopia, Afghanistan as "critically" important

By Berta Gomez, Washington File Staff Writer

Washington - U.S. assistance to fragile or crisis-prone countries needs to be faster and more flexible, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Andrew Natsios says.

"We want more flexibility; we want to be able to move more rapidly" to help countries facing crisis or rapid change, Natsios said in April 20 testimony before a Foreign Operations panel of the House Appropriations Committee.

07 Apr 2005 description

CDC, NIH offer technical help for investigations, infection control

The U.S.

10 Mar 2005 description

U.S. commitment to eradicate landmines is unqualified

The overriding humanitarian problem caused by all landmines is their tendency to linger on former battlefields long after any legitimate use has ceased, a senior State Department official says.

The United States has tackled this issue directly with an unqualified commitment to eliminate all types of persistent landmines, not just the anti-personnel mines singled out in the 1997 Ottawa Convention, said Richard G.