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USAID and Pakistan :
USAID programs in Pakistan are focused on five key areas: energy, economic growth, stabilization, education, andhealth. To ensure that programs are responsive to local needs and have a sustainable impact, USAID has adopted agovernment-to-government model, in which the majority of programs are implemented through national and provincialgovernments. USAID also works extensively with local contractors and other indigenous institutions—an approachthat ensures programs are aligned with local priorities and build local capacity. Two cross-cutting themes—goodgovernance and gender equity—inform all program design and serve as key measurements of success.
Energy is essential to economic growth and political stability.The U.S. Government, through USAID, is partnering withthe Government of Pakistan, the private sector, and other donors to increase the Pakistan's energy supplies, improveenergy use efficiency, modernize equipment, and provide needed technical support and training.
USAID works with governmental and other partners to strengthen Pakistan's agricultural sector, so it can meetdomestic food needs while generating export revenues. These initiatives are spurring broad-based economic growthand improving the earning power of people throughout the country.
Stable communities are less vulnerable to terrorism and other forms of extremism. USAID's stabilization efforts in theFederally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkwa Province are critical to long-term regionalstability and U.S. security interests. The program seeks to enhance the legitimacy and writ of the Government of Pakistan while improving the economic and social conditions in remote communities affected by conflict. In particular,the program is helping local authorities meet basic infrastructure needs in villages and to support rule-of-lawactivities.
. The U.S. Government, through USAID, is helping ensure that Pakistan's children have access to a quality basiceducation as well as generous opportunities for higher education. Current projects focus on supporting teacher education, expanding the use of technology in the classroom, providing training to administrators in budgeting andfinance, providing scholarships, and rehabilitating and reconstructing schools.
Since 2003, USAID has worked closely with Pakistan's Ministry of Health, the private sector, and other institutionsand donors to improve the health and well-being of the people of Pakistan. USAID's health programs help byincreasing access to family planning services, improving maternal and child healthcare, controlling major infectiousdiseases, providing safe drinking water, and strengthening the capacity
USAID main areas of focus:
Since its inception, USAID's health program has trained 11,000 health care providers, provided126 ambulances, and upgraded 89 community health-care facilities.
In 2010, USAID helped restore 150 schools and train more than 600 teachers in Malakand.
USAID offered training in finance to 19,00 women business owners in Punjab and Sindhprovinces in 2010.
 As part of its flood relief efforts, USAID established 190 mobile health clinics and helped providesafe drinking water to more than 1.5 million people daily.

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