1 United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Ethiopia Mission Director Sean Jones announced a new investment of $7.7 million to train the next generation of 750 Ethiopian risk management professionals.
5 It follows nearly two decades of US government support for BDU, including funding of the university’s Institute for Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Studies.
7 They discussed USAID’s historic support, the urgent needs facing communities in the Amhara region, and continued US support for peace and stability in the region.
8 Mr. Jones thanked Dr. Diress Sahilu for the city’s decades of close collaboration with USAID.
9 Meeting with local officials, humanitarian organizations and internally displaced persons (IDPs), Mr. Jones reaffirmed the long-standing partnership of the American people with the people of Ethiopia.
10 Mission Director Jones also visited USAID partners at the Amhara Regional Health Office, including office chief Dr. Melkamu Abte, to deliver eight USAID motorized vehicles that the office had requested for help the region in its work to save lives.
11 Valued at more than $400,000, these vehicles will be used to deliver essential drugs and medical equipment to health centers and to transport doctors and medical personnel to hard-to-reach areas in the Amhara region.
12 Mr. Jones discussed US government support for the Amhara Regional Health Office, including more than $4 million to provide emergency medicine and repairs to health facilities damaged by the Northern Conflict.
13 Lastly, Mr. Jones visited the Organization for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara (ORDA), where he met with ORDA Executive Director Alemayehu Wassie and representatives of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities.
14 in the Amhara region.
15 During a shared fasting lunch, Mr. Jones listened to the concerns of IDPs and community representatives, spoke about the US government’s ongoing efforts to provide life-saving assistance, and learned more about how USAID can better support people throughout the region.
16 The United States is dedicated to the health, well-being, and prosperous future of the people of Ethiopia.
17 In 2021, USAID invested more than $1.2 billion nationwide in development and humanitarian aid.
18 In the Amhara region alone, the American people have provided more than $430 million in humanitarian and development aid in the past two years.
19 This is another example of cooperation between the American people and the people of Ethiopia.