|—||Assistant Secretary Evan Ryan on girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics|
In the days before Typhoon Haiyan hit, USAID prepositioned a number of disaster assistance staff in Manila from our regional office in Bangkok and, within the first day, they were immediately working with colleagues from the Department of Defense to deliver supplies. But it’s always a concern that after the first month or two of a large emergency, that the attention fades because there are many other pressing issues around the world.
However, USAID knows that it’s important to remain engaged going forward and they are now beginning a pivot to the early recovery stage including a focus on transitional shelter, livelihoods, health, cash-for-work, microfinance, temporary schools, and the rebuilding of rural health units. You can read more about what USAID is still doing in the Philippines on DipNote and on USAID’s website!
"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’" — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Did you know that mothers living with HIV are eight times more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than other pregnant women? A newly published study in the Lancet estimates that a quarter of all deaths among pregnant and postpartum women in sub-Saharan Africa are due to HIV.
That’s one reason why new results from Saving Mothers, Giving Life, a public-private partnership including U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), are so encouraging. Saving Mothers, Giving Life plays a critical role in Uganda and Zambia, In one year alone, this partnership helped to cut maternal deaths due to childbirth in areas of these two countries by 30-35 percent — a truly remarkable achievement.
Read more about this innovative public-private partnership on DipNote!
As the brutal conflict in Syria nears its third year, 9.3 million people now find themselves in need of humanitarian assistance and growing increasingly vulnerable with each passing day. Sadly, women and children often fare the worst in war, and the crisis in Syria is no exception.
Learn more about a USAID program that provides children with healing and learning spaces that offer a safe, stable environment to learn and play as well as parent support programs on DipNote.
Want to improve your English language skills online? Check out our blog on DipNote to learn how 55,000 students have done just that. The next five-week module of the course begins on January 16. We hope you will join us!
The security and prosperity of the United States are inextricably linked to the peaceful development of the Asia-Pacific. In fact, our $555 billion in exports to the region last year supported an estimated 2.8 million jobs right here in America.
Read more about the United State’s diplomatic engagement in Asia in 2013 on DipNote!
- Climate change is real.
- Climate change is happening now.
- Humans are the cause.
- The worst impacts can only be prevented by our actions.
- These problems cannot be solved by one nation alone.
Read more about climate change on DipNote!
|—||Ned Nyman, Senior Refugee Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, on Syrian refugees; Read more of his story on DipNote at go.usa.gov/Dkyh|
Yesterday, President Obama appointed Ambassador Donald Booth as the new U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan. Learn more about the new ambassador on DipNote!