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16 Oct 2017 description

We can combat global hunger and malnutrition, but it takes a holistic approach to ensure long-lasting impact

World hunger is on the rise. Today, nearly one in 10 people around the world suffer from hunger.

The solution to combatting hunger seems simple — get food to people in need when they need it. And while we have answered the call time and time again in response to crises and humanitarian need, supporting food security requires much more than filling people’s bellies.

21 Sep 2017 description

Today, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced that the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by USAID and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will launch new country programs in Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, and Sierra Leone, and expand its existing program in Burkina Faso.

15 Sep 2017 description
  • The Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone had severe impacts on the country’s health system, economy and food security situation. Many households experienced new or increased food insecurity as Ebola-related fears and restrictions on movement and mass gatherings disrupted trade, increased food prices and reduced household income.

01 Aug 2017 description

June 2017 | Volume 5 | Issue 2

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Reducing Sepsis Deaths in Newborns Through Home Visitation and Active Case Detection: Is it Realistic?

  • The Importance of Mental Well-Being for Health Professionals During Complex Emergencies: It Is Time We Take It Seriously

  • Improving Adherence to Essential Birth Practices Using the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist With Peer Coaching: Experience From 60 Public Health Facilities in Uttar Pradesh, India

02 Mar 2017 description

OVERVIEW

• Many countries across the African continent face recurrent complex emergencies, frequent food insecurity, cyclical drought, and sudden-onset disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and storms. In FY 2016, as in previous years, USAID/OFDA not only responded to urgent needs resulting from disasters, but also supported DRR programs that built resilience and improved emergency preparedness, mitigation, and response capacity at local, national, and regional levels.

02 Dec 2016 description

This report outlines the findings and recommendations from a qualitative assessment carried out to complement and further develop the findings from a recently concluded quantitative study of SNAP+ in order to better understand the driving factors behind behavior during the Ebola crises.

13 Oct 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • No new EVD cases reported since April 2016

  • Response actors continue to strengthen health care capacity and surveillance systems in EVD-affected countries to mitigate the impacts of future disease outbreaks

  • USG provides more than $406 million in FY 2016 humanitarian funding for EVD response activities

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

13 Oct 2016 description

Chronic food insecurity and malnutrition, cyclical drought, locust infestations, seasonal floods, disease outbreaks, and recurrent complex emergencies have presented major challenges to vulnerable populations in the West Africa region during the past decade. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S.

10 Oct 2016 description

This report, produced by the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health to document its work on HC3’s Ebola Risk Communication project in Liberia, details the project’s goals of understanding and documenting Ebola-related communication efforts in the country to better inform communication approaches to future crises. This resulted in the development of a codebook that was then applied in order to further analyze the messages communicated across various media sources.

03 Oct 2016 description

September 2016 | Volume 4 | Issue 3

  • What do providers need to effectively provide LARCs?

  • What has 20 years of evidence taught us about postabortion care?

  • Are programs ready to remove contraceptive implants?

  • Ebola Virus Disease: what it takes for a successful clinical surveillance and data collection system.

  • How to ensure timely referrals and adequate followup of children discharged from hospitals in Uganda?

29 Jun 2016 description

Posted by Michael Stulman on Tuesday, June 28th 2016

Fudia Lansana once felt that nothing could be as terrifying as becoming one of more than 14,000 people infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone. But as her household of nine went from eating three meals a day to two, and then from two to one, Fudia realized she was facing something just as scary: hunger.

24 Jun 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Governments of Guinea and Liberia report no new EVD cases since April 6; WHO declares end to March/April clusters

  • Guinea and Liberia discharge remaining EVD patients from treatment, complete 42 days of heightened surveillance

  • USAID/OFDA provides more than $8.5 million for recovery efforts in Guinea and Sierra Leone

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

19 Apr 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Guinea confirms seven EVD cases between March 17 and April 6

  • Liberia confirms three EVD cases since March 31; genetic sequencing identifies link to Guinea cluster

  • USG partners respond to new EVD cases in Guinea and Liberia

  • USAID/OFDA provides $3 million for community-level and integrated disease surveillance in Sierra Leone

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

24 Mar 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

 Three new EVD cases confirmed in Guinea; more than 1,000 contacts identified

 WHO declares end to Sierra Leone’s most recent EVD cluster

 GoL launches electronic platform for Liberian health workers to track and report public health threats

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

09 Mar 2016 description

March 9, Freetown, Sierra Leone: In a collaborative effort between the Government of Sierra Leone and its development partners to improve the access to and availability of high-quality health services in the country, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.