The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
In 1961, Congress cemented U.S. foreign assistance programs by separating military and non-military aid; The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) was born. It became the first U.S. foreign assistance organization whose primary emphasis was on long-range economic and social development assistance efforts. Freed from political and military functions that plagued its predecessor organizations, USAID was able to offer direct support to the developing nations of the world. Its work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances foreign policy objectives by supporting: a) economic growth, b) agriculture and trade, c) global health, and d) democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance. USAID works in agriculture, democracy & governance, economic growth, the environment, education, health, global partnerships, and humanitarian assistance in more than 100 countries to provide a better future for all.
USAID's commitment to improving global health includes confronting global health challenges through improving the quality, availability, and use of essential health services. USAID's objective is to improve global health, including child, maternal, and reproductive health, and reduce abortion and disease, especially HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. USAID's Global Health Bureau supports field health programs and innovation with a portfolio of nearly $4.15 billion. American Schools and Hospitals Abroad administers a grant program that expands medical opportunities in developing countries.
Links to the health workforce crisis
USAID’s health systems strengthening program provides support to ensure that developing country health systems are effective. It operates at the community, local, and national levels. A working health system uses reaches priority groups, including the poor, women, children, urban and rural residents, and the acutely ill. It responds to people’s needs, protects them from risk. It works fairly, responsively and effectively. It employs appropriate incentives with a strong political will and a viable vision.given to Cambodia, Uganda and others to overhaul healthcare.
USAID joined the Alliance in 2008 as a development Partner.
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