Reflecting the Views of the U.S. Government as Broadcast on The Voice of America

Environment and Health

Masai girl holds protest sign during anti-Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) run in Kilgoris, Kenya.

Audio Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

The United States joins the international community in expressing zero tolerance for female genital mutilation/cutting. More

FILE - A Pakistani man collects a bag of wheat.

Audio Helping the Displaced in Pakistan

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, recently contributed $20 million to support the provision of food to approximately 1.2 million temporary displaced persons. More

A baby receives a polio vaccine in Nigeria.

Audio Immunization in Nigeria

“Under this partnership, we are helping Sokoto State to increase and sustain high immunization coverage." More

The National Health Laboratory will provide a valuable resource for the detection, control, and ongoing surveillance of the diseases.

Audio Partnering With Uganda on Healthcare

The U.S. Government, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), transferred the recently completed construction of the National Health Laboratory in Kampala to the Ministry of Health in mid-January. More

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell talks with investigators near the carcass of a poached rhino in South Africa, which she also visited.

Audio Partnering to Fight Wildlife Trafficking

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell discussed efforts during visit to Africa. More

More Environment and Health Editorials

Audio Combating the Zika Virus

Prevention is the best means of combating the spread Zika and related illnesses.

Audio New Chapter in U.S.-Lao Relationship

Partnership on issues vital to both of our nations spans inclusive economic growth, health, education, and environmental protection.

Audio Obama on Climate Change

Ultimately, the solution depends on our ability to move away from fossil fuels and toward a clean energy economy.

Fighting Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis

The National Action Plan specifies a set of targeted interventions that will improve rapid detection and treatment of MDR-TB globally and in the United States.

Technology Advances Demining Efforts

New technological advances in the demining process is saving lives.

Audio U.S. Humanitarian Response to Ethiopia

$88 million in humanitarian assistance will increase funding for nutrition, food, water, sanitation and hygiene support in response to El Niño.

Audio To Save Humankind, Protect the Ocean

Working together, the international community must ensure that agricultural and fishing practices are made sustainable, and shape our energy policies to address climate change and acidification.

Audio A Global Deal to Address Climate Change

On December 12th, 195 countries adopted the Paris Agreement, which establishes a global framework to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

Audio Paris Climate Change Conference, in a Nutshell

​High-level representatives of nearly 200 countries have assembled in Paris to hammer out a global agreement to hold back rising temperatures.

Audio Good Progress Against Hunger and Poverty

Last year alone, Feed the Future reached nearly 19 million households through assistance or training and helped bring new tools and technologies, such as better seeds and fertilizers, to nearly 7 million farmers.

Audio Climate Change Presents Challenge to Security

“The impacts of climate change can exacerbate resource competition, threaten livelihoods, and increase the risk of instability and conflict, especially in places already undergoing economic, political, and social stress.”

Audio Taking Steps to End Illegal Fishing

World Fisheries Day is celebrated every November to draw attention to the big business of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Audio Fighting HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe

PEPFAR is committed, globally, to go where the virus is—targeting interventions for populations at greatest risk in areas of greatest HIV incidence.

Audio U.S. and Laos Partners in Demining

With the new contribution of $2.2 million, U.S. will have provided more than $100 million in mine-action and UXO-related assistance to Laos.

Audio Meeting Energy Needs of Growing Populations

The United States has recently committed to providing access to off-grid clean energy products and services to more than 500 million people by 2020.

Audio U.S. and Sri Lanka Partners in Demining

“The United States is committed to aiding demining efforts across Sri Lanka, whether on land or at sea,” said U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap.

Audio To Walk the Earth in Safety - Eliminating Landmines

So far, we have invested $2.5 billion into this drive. In addition, every year, the United States Department of State releases To ‘Walk the Earth in Safety’, a report which details the previous year’s efforts to reduce the harmful effects of these remnants of war.

Audio Partnering With Chile Against Tsunamis

As demonstrated by the 8.4 earthquake that generated a 5 meter tsunami in some locations of the Chilean coast on Sept 16, 2015, improved tsunami detection is a mutual interest for both the United States and Chile.

Audio Saving the Lives of Mothers

Saving Mothers, Giving Life is a five-year initiative that seeks to reduce maternal mortality by half.

Audio Taking on Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies

As a commitment to the Call to Action, the United States announced its Safe from the Start Program, an initiative that aims to address and reduce the incidence of gender-based violence in emergencies.