The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has said that by 2021 it will spend $ 787 million on development and humanitarian assistance in Nigeria.
This was disclosed in a statement from the United States Embassy in Abuja to commemorate a milestone, marking 60 years since its founding by President John F. Kennedy.
The statement reads: “Nigeria was among the first countries in the world to receive development assistance under the Agency in 1961.
“For six decades, USAID has built its reputation as the world’s premier international development organization by partnering with more than 100 countries to strengthen communities and improve lives.
“On this anniversary of President Kennedy’s vision of the United States as a world leader in helping countries struggling to develop.”
He also quoted mission director Anne Patterson as saying, “I am proud to represent USAID in Nigeria, a country with enormous potential to be a leader in West Africa if it can overcome its many. challenges.
“In Nigeria and around the world, USAID partners with some of the world’s leading development agencies, the United Nations, local nongovernmental organizations and civil society, and host country governments to help save lives. , reduce poverty, strengthen governance and improve health. , education and economic prosperity.
“Perhaps his greatest success in Nigeria has been his response to the HIV / AIDS epidemic that has plagued the country since the 1980s.
“With funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Walter Reed Army Research.
“Institute, culminating with a 2019-2020 ‘push’ that has significantly reduced the upward trend in vulnerable areas, especially in combination with ongoing tuberculosis and new COVID-19 pandemics.
“Today USAID supports screening 2.4 million Nigerians per year and provides free life-saving antiretroviral therapy to 89% of the nearly 400,000 people who test positive.
“Last year, 62 million more Nigerian mothers and children benefited from USAID health programs through training of public health workers, improving access to quality medicines and improving leadership in the health sector with an emphasis on primary health care.
“USAID support has protected 68 million Nigerians from malaria through donation of mosquito nets through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), which has contributed to a 16% drop in child deaths over 10 years and helped reduce the prevalence of malaria from 42% to 23 percent.
“Since 2015, USAID’s education interventions have helped millions of children and youth improve their lives through better reading skills in the early grades, and focus on especially on more than 340,000 children whose education has been suspended due to conflict.
“Thanks to Feed the Future, 2.3 million smallholder farmers benefited last year from improved produce, improved techniques, and access to markets and finance through USAID’s agricultural programs.
“Power Africa’s reforms will improve an enabling environment and increase private investment in the energy sector, and strengthen the management of water supply systems to increase access to reliable water and sanitation.
USAID’s democracy and governance programs support free and fair elections, 230 civil society organizations working for more responsive governance and local solutions to ongoing economic and ethno-religious tensions between farmers and pastoralists .
“Finally, USAID is the largest bilateral humanitarian aid donor to Nigeria, donating approximately $ 343 million in commodities and logistical support to ensure that displaced people have enough to eat and have access to health. basic and human rights.
“Around the world, on this anniversary month of November, USAID staff and partners reflect on the Agency’s success and the challenges that lie ahead.
“Under the dynamic new leadership of Ambassador Samantha Power, the Agency stands ready to continue to be the premier development agency in Nigeria and globally.
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