The Center for Faith-based
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April 2018 Newsletter


Dear Friends,
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On April 12th, I accompanied USAID Chief-of-Staff Dr. Bill Steiger at the launch of the Doctors with Africa (CUAMM USA).  CUAMM shared results and best practices of its health cooperation projects, while announcing the opening of its U.S. Office.

The organization operates in 7 sub-Saharan African countries  by partnering with h ospitals, health centers, villages, and universities. Their interventions f ocus on reproductive health, nutrition, infectious and non-communicable diseases, and trauma. 

Their Director, Msgr. Dante Carraro, eloquently summed up CUAMM's vision : " In a globalized world, the commitment to health in Africa cannot be a problem for only a few people. We must do more and do better with Africa because health must be shared [...].If in the future Africa is at peace and healthy, we will all benefit from it." 


Timothy Lavelle
Acting Director, USAID Center for Faith-based and Community Initiatives

USAID Administrator's Remarks at U.S. Institute of Peace 
USAID Administrator Mark Green participated on a panel discussing the role of the U.S. in helping to stabilize Iraq and Syria.  Read   more

Ambassador Samuel Brownback Travel to Bangladesh
Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Samuel Brownback, traveled to Bangladesh and met with the Government Officials and Rohingya refugees. Read more.

Appointment of new U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator 
Dr. Kenneth Staley was appointed as the U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator tasked with leading the Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI). Read more.

Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies and HIV Prevention and Screening - Faith-based Engagement Panel Discussions
Wilson Center's Maternal Health Initiative will be hosting a two-panel event on May 2, 2018 in collaboration with World Vision U.S., focusing on the role of faith-based organizations in controlling the HIV epidemic through reaching men and boys with HIV testing, and improving maternal and child health through Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy. You can RSVP for the HTSP panel  here . RSVP to the HIV/AIDS panel  here .

World Malaria Day
Malaria prevention and control remains an important U.S. foreign assistance priority. Through the Presidential Malaria Initiative, USAID works closely with the governments of malaria endemic countries to strengthen their capacity to prevent and treat the disease. Read more.

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Annual Report
The USCIRF released their 2018 annual report designating 16 countries as "Countries of Particular Concern", including: Burma, China, North Korea, and Vietnam. Read  more

Report on Persecuted Minorities in Northern Iraq
Nadia  Murad met with USAID officials in February  to  discuss the devastation and impact of violence taking place in Norther Iraq. Nadia's Initiative, a foundation, has just completed a detailed assessment of the Yazidi homeland of Sinjar in Northern Iraq. Read more

Report on Criminality & Reprisal Attacks in Nigeria's Middle Belt
Search for Common Ground staff met with USAID officials to discuss the farmer-herder conflict in the Middle Belt of Nigeria, which is largely influenced by land disputes and religious violence. Read more.

Impact Report: Higher Education Solutions Network
The USAID Global Development Lab's Higher Education Solutions Network's Impact Report highlights accomplishments and lessons from five years of programming. Inside you'll find snapshots of how eight university programs supported by USAID made an impact in global development. Read more.

US - ASEAN Science Prize for Women (Apply by May 6): Aims to strengthen ASEAN science and technology capacity and gender equality and improvement through an annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women. Learn more

Fall Army Worm Tech prize (Apply by May 14): Funding for ways to combat the fall armyworm in sub-Saharan Africa. Learn more

Zambezi Prize for Financial Inclus ion ( Apply by June 1) :   Grant funding to unearth and celebrate the startups that are solving Africa's biggest financial inclusion challenges, such as financial literacy, digital identity and commercial viability. Learn   more

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