Fact Sheets

On July 25, the U.S. Government (USG) announced $140 million in additional funding to support refugees from Syria and host communities in Lebanon, bringing total USG humanitarian assistance in Syria and the region to nearly $6.7 billion since the start of the Syria complex emergency. The funding includes $108 million from State/PRM to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as well as $32 million from USAID/FFP to support the UN World Food Program (WFP). More than 1 million Syrian refugees were registered in Lebanon as of June 30, according to UNHCR

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported a decline in the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltering in northeastern Nigeria’s Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states between May and June, with nearly 1.69 million IDPs registered in June, compared to approximately 1.75 million IDPs in May.

The food security and nutrition situation in southeastern Ethiopia is deteriorating, with some households in parts of acutely drought-affected Somali Region experiencing an elevated risk of Catastrophe—IPC 5—levels of acute food insecurity, according to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).4 Relief actors—including USAID/OFDA and USAID/FFP—are monitoring the evolving food security and nutrition situation and scaling up ongoing humanitarian interventions.

In addition to continued population displacement, ongoing insecurity and economic desperation have led to increasing violent incidents targeting humanitarian personnel and assets—limiting access to some populations in need and exacerbating existing vulnerabilities. Relief actors reported 100 humanitarian access incidents in South Sudan in June, representing the highest number of incidents recorded in a single month in 2017 to date, and a continuation of increased looting in July.

As of July 26, health agencies had recorded more than 408,000 suspected cholera cases and 1,885 associated deaths in Yemen, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). UN agencies, in coordination with humanitarian partners, have scaled up cholera response efforts to address widespread health and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs throughout cholera-affected areas.

Natural Wealth supports the Government of Colombia (GOC) in making important advances in the preservation of the country’s biodiversity on the Caribbean region in the tropical dry forest, and in the grasslands and freshwater ecosystems in the eastern plains of the Orinoquia region.  

The objective of the Inclusive Services for the Population Affected by the Armed Conflict activity is to strengthen the capacity of public institutions, non-governmental organizations, community leaders and community-based organizations to ensure access to sexual, reproductive, and health services for conflict victims and other vulnerable populations.  This includes educating the populations on their rights, and on the services being provided to them.  In addition, the program strengthens local governments’ and communities’ capabilities to combat the spread of Zika and care for those already affected by the virus.   

Armed attacks in Nigeria and Chad result in civilian casualties and hinder humanitarian access. USAID partners continue providing life-saving health, food, and WASH support across northeastern Nigeria, where more than 13,100 people have spontaneously returned from Cameroon since April. Flooding in Niger results in more than 20 deaths and affects nearly 19,500 people.

USAID Asia Counter Trafficking in Persons (USAID Asia CTIP) is a $21 million ($125 million with buy-ins), five-year (2016-2021) regional initiative that works to combat the root causes and incentives that drive human trafficking and build a strong regional network for information exchange that will bolster enforcement efforts and assist in serving survivors. It also works to reduce trafficking of persons by identifying and disseminating successful evidence-based practices in trafficking in persons interventions and research; enhancing cooperation between source, transit and destination countries; and increasing opportunities for private sector leadership.

USAID’s Justice for a Sustainable Peace (JSP) activity aims to strengthen the effectiveness and responsiveness of the Colombian justice system, increase citizen support for the rule of law in conflict-affected regions, and address the critical justice needs of victims of the armed conflict.