The recent Thailand cave rescue shined a light on the incredibly complex, dangerous and difficult work undertaken by authorities trying to undertake an evacuation mission. One critical piece of this puzzle — the efforts of the Royal Thai Police — showcased a side of law enforcement work which may often escape public notice: medical evacuation from dangerous situations. We in the State Department’s drugs and crime bureau, INL, were beyond pleased that the Royal Thai Police unit which played a key role in the Thailand rescue has regularly undergone U.S.-led training on medical evacuation skills and tactics at an INL-run academy in Bangkok.
At the recent NATO summit, much time was spent discussing whether America’s allies spend enough on defense. At a time when many of today’s global challenges do not have military solutions alone – from pandemics like Ebola to refugees driven by famines and conflicts – how does the debate shift if we consider not just military spending but spending on global development?
Amina knew she was very sick but she had never been tested for HIV – her fear of testing positive and the stigma surrounding the disease had kept her from seeking care. In Tanzania, convincing people like Amina to learn their status and start treatment is one of the most significant barriers health workers face in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
President Trump’s comments have ignited a debate over what the United States’ role should be following the de-escalation of military conflict in war-torn states. In order to maintain the military’s hard fought gains and prevent the return of ISIS, it’s critical that people are able to return home to begin the hard work of rebuilding their country.
Secretary Pompeo recently wrapped up his first month at the State Department with the launch of the 2017 Report on International Religious Freedom — part of his first signature policy initiative at the State Department. In releasing the report, Secretary Pompeo emphasized that “Advancing liberty and religious freedom advances America’s interests,” and that “religious freedom deserves to be a front-burner issue.”
At the Fadjiguila Community School in Bamako, 128 second-graders are packed into a single classroom. Despite the classroom’s cramped confines, the children are doing something unusual for their age in Mali. They are reading and writing.
This week, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) announced that a deadly new outbreak of Ebola has spread to Mbandaka, a large city in the DRC with a population of over one million. As news of the outbreak spread, the White House announced its intention to rescind approximately $252 million in U.S. funding for the fight against Ebola.
Over the past three decades, global poverty has declined by nearly 70 percent as hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty. Despite this tremendous progress, more must be done to fill an enormous void: the U.N.’s Sustainable...