USAID’s five-year Disaster Preparedness for Effective Response (PREPARE) program follows the Disaster Mitigation, Relief, and Reconstruction Program (DMRRP), in which the International Organization for Migration (IOM) established an operational and logistics presence in five locations in the two countries. This entailed pre-positioning humanitarian relief supplies and equipment and enhanced standby capacity for logistics, medical response and reconstruction of housing and public infrastructure. After facilitating USAID’s response to the 2013 drought in the Marshall Islands, the DMRRP closed in late 2014.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), is funding SERVIR-Mekong, a five-year (2014-2019) geospatial data for development project. SERVIR-Mekong equips governments, regional institutions and other key stakeholders in the Lower Mekong countries to employ publicly-available satellite imagery and geospatial technologies such as mapping and analysis software. This information is essential for improving environmental management and building greater resilience to the negative effects of climate change.
SERVIR-Mekong is one of four SERVIR hubs currently in operation across the developing world. Each hub strengthens a locally-based and regionally-focused institution to serve as a sustainable regional service provider of data, analytics, training and best practices for improved decision-making.
The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Agricultural Learning Exchange for Asian Regional Networking project brings smallholder farmers together to learn about innovative technologies that help increase crop production. The three-year, approximately $1 million project is a part of the Feed the Future Initiative, which aims to reduce poverty and malnutrition through improved agricultural and nutritional practices.
Since 2003, Afghanistan has witnessed significant progress in the health sector. In spite of these gains, mortality rates for Afghan women and children remain much higher than the rest of the world, in part due to the limited use of birth spacing and family planning services. Afghanistan was ranked 180 of 195 countries on child mortality in 2013, and pregnancy-related causes of death remain the leading risk for women in their child-bearing years.
As the one-month anniversary of the end of the EVD outbreak in Liberia approaches, the Government of Liberia (GoL) remains focused on cross-border issues and implementing the requisite 90 days of enhanced surveillance activities.
The Kambia Community Action Plan (Operation KCAP)—a Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) effort to prevent new EVD cases in Kambia District—will be extended until May 31 to sustain progress.
International media report unrest and attacks targeting humanitarian workers in Guinea’s Boké Prefecture.
The UN issues a revised flash appeal for Nepal, requesting $422 million to assist 2.8 million people through September 2015. USAID/OFDA commits $300,000 to Handicap International (HI) to support physical rehabilitation services for 1,500 injured persons.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently became aware of a cybersecurity incident affecting its systems and data that may have exposed the personal information of current and former Federal employees.
On April 28, 2015, U.S. President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Disaster Declaration after the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) was severely damaged by Typhoon Maysak, which passed through Chuuk and Yap States between March 29 and April 1, 2015. Under the terms of the Compact agreement between the United States and the Government of FSM, the Declaration mobilized U.S. federal funding for immediate emergency relief and reconstruction assistance.
The Assistance to the Legislative Bodies of Afghanistan (ALBA) project supports the development of the Afghan Parliament as a strong, effective and independent legislative institution.
Meteorologists forecast that monsoon rains will begin in Nepal in early June. With USAID/FFP support, the UN World Food Program (WFP) reaches more than 1.8 million earthquake-affected people with food assistance. USAID/OFDA commits $500,000 to the UN World Health Organization (WHO) to support health interventions.
Last updated: February 10, 2016