This week's photo of the week comes to us from USAID and shows women and children at a health clinic at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Haiti. USAID implements America's foreign economic and humanitarian assistance program in Haiti. To achieve their goal to reduce poverty and build democracy in Haiti, USAID/Haiti has six areas of focus: health, democracy, environment, economic growth, education and food security. Their health programs, including HIV/AIDS and cholera programs are part of the overall U.S. government strategy of fighting global disease. As USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah said this week on World Health Day: "Infectious diseases know no borders; fighting global disease directly protects the United States. And improving the health of people in the developing world drives economic growth, fights poverty, and strengthens communities, which in turn reduces the instability that can fuels war and conflict."
The U.S. continues to provide humanitarian aid in Haiti to IDPs, and as Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration Eric Schwartz said this week at the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention: "We all understand that ultimately humanitarian crises require political solutions. At the same time, humanitarian crises and human suffering demand immediate responses. Such responses help to promote stability and peace in fragile countries and make the U.S. safer and more prosperous, but they also reflect our highest ideals and aspirations. The United States has led the world in provision of overseas support for humanitarian protection and assistance, and we have provided asylum and refugee resettlement for millions over the last three decades. But there is so much more to do -- and the model, the lesson and the inspiration provided by those we honor today will only help us to sustain and strengthen these efforts."