Honoring humanitarians who deliver aid despite increasing needs and threats

As natural disasters increase in intensity, wars continue to ravage, and COVID-19 spreads, it has never been more dangerous to be a front-line humanitarian. It has also never been more important. …

Used once and then discarded, 40% of the world’s plastic waste comes from packaging. In light of this fact, many in the humanitarian community are taking a hard look at their own use of packaging and the waste it creates. On World Environment Day, learn how USAID and other humanitarian organizations are working together to create sustainable change.

The scale of waste produced by humanitarian operations across the world requires concerted, collaborative action. Photo credit: UNEP/OCHA Joint Environment Unit

When a disaster or crisis strikes anywhere around the world, tons of food and other critical relief supplies needed to provide shelter and protection are transported to far-flung locations. These items are carefully packaged so they reach the people who need them rapidly and in good condition. …

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The physical and mental damage caused by malnutrition can be irreversible, especially in children. The United States is the largest donor of food assistance around the world. Today, on World Hunger Day, see how USAID and our partners are working to fight hunger every day and save lives.

A box of USAID-funded Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) in the UNICEF-supported health center in Tawakal IDP camp, Bosaso, Somalia provided lifesaving treatment to more than 220,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Photo credit: USAID

Globally, almost 33 million children have been forcibly displaced by conflict or natural disaster, according to UNICEF. With limited access to adequate, safe, and nutritious food, displaced children are especially vulnerable to malnutrition. …

It surprised most people when Saint Vincent island’s La Soufrière volcano erupted April 9, shooting ash clouds miles into the air. …

When hurricanes barrel close to communities, many people’s first instincts are to protect themselves from the high winds that threaten to flatten homes and snap trees in half. But, in fact, storm surges — or rising coastal waters created by the storm — pose a far more dangerous and deadly threat.

After a bridge was washed away by Hurricane Matthew’s heavy rains and winds in October 2016, these people in Haiti crossed a flooded river with the help of a rope. Photo credit: Logan Abassi UN / MINUSTAH

What is Storm Surge?

It wasn’t so long ago — September 2019 — when Hurricane Dorian made landfall in The Bahamas as a Category 5 storm, making it the strongest hurricane in modern history to hit the island nation and only the fifth Atlantic hurricane on record to achieve such an intensity. …

Tim Callaghan, USAID’s Senior Humanitarian Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, has led numerous hurricane responses for the Agency, including Hurricanes Iota and Eta in 2020 and Hurricane Dorian in 2019. He explains how USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance prepares year-round for Atlantic hurricane season.

Photo Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

As another Atlantic hurricane…

John Grabowski, Regional Advisor for Southern Africa with USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, takes us on his recent trip to the town of Marupa in Cabo Delgado.

USAID partnered with Catholic Relief Services and Caritas to provide relief items to people in Cabo Delgado, where violence has displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Photo credits: John Grabowski / USAID

Since 2017, ongoing fighting in northern Mozambique has forced nearly 700,000 people to flee their homes in search of safety. Over the last year, the violence has skyrocketed to unprecedented levels, fueled by attacks from armed groups — quadrupling the number of internally displaced persons, especially in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado…

The crisis in Syria has now lasted approximately as long as World War I and II combined. But USAID is not forgetting the people at the heart of the crisis who are struggling to cope with 10 years lost to civil war.

The crisis in Syria has led to mass displacement within the country and in the region, with more than 12 million people forced to leave their homes to seek safety elsewhere. Photo credit: Delil Souleiman / AFP

It has been ten years since fighting broke…

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