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USAID to provide additional US$176 million for West African humanitarian relief

May 28, 2024 | US, Nutrition, WASH & Sanitation, Global Health | Share this update

On May 28, 2024, USAID announced an additional US$176 million to communities in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin areas of West Africa in response to increased humanitarian needs brought about by declining security conditions.

The emergency relief will include food, nutrition, safe water, health care, and assistance to the most vulnerable populations. The assistance will be implemented through the UNFP, UNICEF, and OCHA, and will go to people in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Niger, Mauritania, and Nigeria.

The US is the largest donor to the region. Representatives noted the serious humanitarian crises and called on other donors to help meet the funding shortfall.

Press release - USAID

USAID pledges US$593 million in humanitarian assistance to Syrian communities

May 27, 2024 | US, Nutrition, Global Health, WASH & Sanitation | Share this update

On May 27, 2024, as part of the European conference on Syria, the US pledged US$593 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria, amounting to almost 15% of the total appeal for funding for this year.

According to USAID, 90% of the Syrian population live below the poverty line, and 70%, of half of which are children, will need humanitarian assistance. The conditions were brought about by the ongoing conflict and a 2023 earthquake. The assistance is slated to include food, water, shelter, health care, and protection for vulnerable people.

This US has provided a total of US$17.8 billion for the Syrian response since the beginning of the conflict.

Press release - USAIDNews article - AP

G7 finance ministers call on donors to coordinate efforts, increase investments

May 25, 2024 | UK, France, Canada, Japan, US, Italy, Germany, EUI, Global Health, Climate, Education, Agriculture, Gender Equality, Nutritious Food Systems | Share this update

On May 23-25, 2024, the G7 Ministers of Finance met at a summit in Stresa, Italy, where the ministers voiced support for contributions to the IDA, WHO, Gavi, and the Global Fund in the resulting communiqué.

The G7 ministers supported efforts towards a successful 21st replenishment of the IDA by the end of 2024 through an ambitious policy and financing package. Notably, they did not give a concrete signal that the critical US$100 billion threshold requested by the World Bank will be crossed, nor any indication of the US$120 billion expected by African leaders.

The ministers reaffirmed their dedication to strengthening the governance and finance of the global health architecture and voiced support for refinancing processes of several GHIs, such as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the WHO, and the Global Fund, and expressed support for the Pandemic Fund. The communiqué called on the donor community to coordinate efforts and increase investments in global health in line with their capacities to ensure sustainable funding and maximize the impact of available resources.

Following the summit, the C7 pointed out the G7's lack of ambition and financial commitment to international development, including climate adaptation. International civil society organizations criticized the lack of any reference to allocating SDRs to global solidarity.

G7 Ministers of FinanceC7 statement

South Korea and US sign memorandum on health security

May 17, 2024 | US, South Korea, Global Health R&D, Global Health | Share this update

On May 17, 2024, the KOICA and the US CDC signed a memorandum of understanding on health security capacity building projects to continue the US' and South Korea’s flagship global health and security collaboration in Ghana with a follow-up project totaling KRW14 billion (US$11 million), which has garnered attention for its contributions to overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic crisis in the region.

The project aims to strengthen the prevention, detection, and response to public health risks and events such as the pandemic, yellow fever, and cholera by 2027. The US CDC, the Ghana Health Service, the University of Ghana, and the WHO will collaborate on the project funded by the South Korean government.

Ghana is a hub country for training epidemiologists in West Africa, which is expected to contribute significantly to health security and the establishment of an international network for domestic preparedness and response to emerging infectious diseases. This project will also contribute to raising Korea’s international profile on global health security.

Press release - KOICA (in Korean)News article - Yonhapnews (in Korean)

C7 releases international civil society communiqué around seven key issues

May 15, 2024 | Italy, Germany, EUI, Japan, Canada, US, France, UK, Education, Agriculture, Gender Equality, Nutritious Food Systems, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, Family Planning, WASH & Sanitation, Climate, Global Health | Share this update

On May 14-15, 2024, the C7 summit was held at the UN FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, organized by the Italian Civil Society Coalition that led, coordinated, and moderated the C7 2024 process.

Approximately 400 global representatives took part in the event, as well as international decision-makers, including FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu, Italian G7 sherpa Ambassador Elisabetta Belloni, Cardinal, President of the Italian Episcopal Conference, Pope’s envoy for the Russian-Ukrainian conflict Matteo Maria Zuppi, and Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign Marina Ponti.

The official C7 communiqué that listed the international civil society recommendation to the G7’s Leaders around seven key issues was released at the event, which included:

  • Economic justice and transformation;
  • Climate, energy transformation, and environmental justice;
  • Global health;
  • Principled humanitarian assistance;
  • Peace, common security, and nuclear disarmament;
  • Human mobility and migration; and
  • Food justice and food systems transformation.
C7 communiqué

US to provide additional US$31 million to Rohingya refugees

May 9, 2024 | US, Nutrition, WASH & Sanitation, Global Health | Share this update

On May 9, 2024, USAID and the US State Department announced that they will provide an additional US$31 million to support Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

The additional funds are slated to assist the almost one million refugees who have fled Myanmar and have been living in crowded refugee camps for years. The assistance will include healthcare, WASH services, nutrition, and other live-saving protection. Particular focus will be on treating malnourished children through Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods.

Since the start of the refugee crisis, the US has provided almost U$2.4 billion for assistance to the region. US partners include UNHCR, IFRC, IOM, and UNICEF.

Press release - USAID

USAID announces additional US$200 million in nutrition assistance

May 3, 2024 | US, Nutritious Food Systems, Global Health | Share this update

On May 3, 2024, USAID Administrator Samantha Power announced that the agency will be providing an additional US$200 million for RUFT as well as other specialized food used for acute malnutrition.

Approximately 300 million people worldwide are in need of humanitarian relief, where conflicts, climate change, and lack of access to critical food assistance exacerbates food insecurity. 45 million children face wasting, the most serious form of child malnutrition. USAID's RUFT food product is part of a package of services to prevent and treat child wasting.

UNICEF and the UN WFP are slated to distribute the food goods to areas including Sudan, Burkina Faso, and Haiti. The effort builds upon an earlier commitment spearheaded by USAID that announced US$500 million by a public-private coalition at the 2022 UNGA. USAID has already worked in Gaza and Ethiopia to address nutritional needs.

Press release - USAID

USAID provides US$55 million in humanitarian assistance to Burkina Faso

May 2, 2024 | US, Nutritious Food Systems, Global Health | Share this update

On May 2, 2024, noting a recent Human Rights Watch report of vicious military attacks against local citizens, USAID announced that it will provide nearly US$55 million in emergency assistance to the most vulnerable people in Burkina Faso.

Violence and attacks on civilians have displaced almost one-third of the population in Burkina Faso, leaving millions in urgent need of food and other assistance. The assistance, which is slated to be delivered by airlifts and military convoys, will be carried out through UN and other international partners. USAID's assistance to Burkina Faso since the start of FY2023 totals US$158 million.

USAID also called on other donors to assist in providing support to what it described as an overlooked and underfunded humanitarian crisis.

Press release - USAID

USAID sends malaria progress report to Congress, highlights progress, need for additional funds

April 25, 2024 | US, Global Health | Share this update

On April 25, 2024, the PMI released its 18th report on work with PMI partners to address malaria deaths, which have been cut almost in half since the PMI's inception in 2006.

USAID works with other stakeholders in 30 countries, most of which are in Africa, the WHO, other donors, community health workers, civil society, faith based organizations, and partner governments to prevent and treat almost 90% of all malaria cases. PMI is guided by PMI's Strategy 2023-2026, providing a range of preventions, including bed nets, insecticide for homes, pregnancy prevention treatments, testing, and malaria medicines.

The report noted that although great progress had been made, resistence to malaria medicines, the need to invest in community health systems and workers, and conflicts around the globe present a continuing threat to progress.

Government document - USAID

US releases new global health security strategy

April 16, 2024 | US, Global Health | Share this update

On April 16, 2024, the White House issued its 2024 US global health security strategy, which reaffirmed its position that disease threats are a risk to all populations, including Americans.

The strategy outlined how the US will work with partners around the world to best prevent, detect, and quickly respond to outbreaks around the globe. Since 2022, USAID has expanded its reach to partner countries in over 50 countries, working with a range of stakeholders to prevent and prepare for pandemics.

The strategy focuses on increasing the political commitment to addressing health security, including investments in the Pandemic Fund, and recognizing the link between global health security, global health and broader development goals.

Government document - The White HousePress release - The White HousePress release - USAID

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