​​Director General of the National Institute of Medical Research Said Aboud (center, right) receives IT equipment meant to enhance the Tanzanian government’s AfyaMsafiri disease detection system during a handover event in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Oct. 29. Photo courtesy of Management and Development for Health
By Sophia Nur and Gloria Macha Tanzania has more than 60 formal border crossings and numerous informal ones that span eight neighboring countries and an extensive maritime border. This high-volume movement of populations significantly increases the risk for disease transmission. The U.S. government, through the Centers for Disease Control and...
Embassy Baghdad’s Regional Security Office presented Nir Khadge (left) with a flag flown over the embassy to mark his 40th year with the Department of State, July 27. Khadge—who as a personal services contractor financial advisor with the regional security office, manages post’s $1 billion budget for Diplomatic Security (DS)—began his career with the Department in 1982 in Kathmandu as a locally employed staff senior financial specialist/alternate certifying officer. Khadge, pictured with former U.S. Mission Iraq Deputy Chief of Mission Greg LoGerfo, has supported financial operations throughout his career at high-threat posts including Tripoli, Sana’a, and Juba. From 2006-2015, he helped establish the Global Financial Center in Charleston. In his current role in Baghdad, Khadge manages the daily financial operations of the largest DS operation in the world, with nearly 60 agents, a dozen security engineers, and more than 2,500 security personnel across three sites in Iraq. Photo by Saher Altwal
Embassy Baghdad’s regional security office presented Nir Khadge (left) with a flag flown over the embassy to mark his 40th year with the Department of State, July 27. Khadge—who as a personal services contractor financial advisor with the regional security office, manages post’s $1 billion budget for Diplomatic Security...
U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Robert F. Godec (left) and local students helped Thai-Indonesian American artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya (right) paint the embassy’s new mural on the street-side of the consular section. The mural depicts a group of bold women and non-binary people looking toward the horizon, forging new paths and working towards a shared future. The mural was inspired by the artist’s conversations with Thai women and nonbinary youth, and depicts a vision for Thai society that can be celebrated and championed by all. This mural is a visible public-private partnership between the U.S. Mission and Organon, a U.S.-based healthcare company. Photo courtesy of U.S. Embassy Bangkok
U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Robert F. Godec (left) and local students helped Thai-Indonesian American artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya (right) paint the embassy’s new mural on the street-side of the consular section. The mural depicts a group of bold women and non-binary people looking toward the horizon, forging new paths and...
U.S. Ambassador to Albania Yuri Kim met with Brig. Gen. Arben Kingji, in his new capacity as chief of defense of Albania, to strengthen U.S.-Albania defense relations during the 100-year anniversary of relations between both nations. They agreed to increase cooperation following the historic Defender Europe 2021 exercise, and in preparation for the upcoming Defender Europe 2023 exercises. They noted the positive impact of the new U.S. Special Operations Command forward-based headquarters in Albania and the recent presence of the U.S. Army Security Force Assistance Brigade. The leaders also discussed the response to recent flooding that devastated northern Albania, with Kingji expressing appreciation for American contributions of training, equipment, and supplies. Photo credit to Antonio Cakshiri.
On Nov. 21, U.S. Ambassador to Albania Yuri Kim (second from right) met with Brig. Gen. Arben Kingji (second from left), in his new capacity as chief of defense of Albania, to strengthen U.S.-Albania defense relations during the 100-year anniversary of relations between both nations. They agreed to increase...
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Hometown Diplomats program, the Bureau of Global Public Affairs (GPA) launched a creative new storytelling program called the Welcome to Diplomats’ Hometown, Dec. 20, 2022. Currently, the interactive web portal spotlights six diplomats who carry their hometowns with them as they...
Students take a soil sample and prepare to record measurements using the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) scientific protocols during the Regional GLOBE Expedition in Käsmu, Estonia, Aug. 3. Photo courtesy of GLOBE Estonia
By Megan NaylorFor 25 years, the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program has been making science cool for students across Estonia. In August, with the support of visiting NASA scientists, GLOBE Estonia brought together 170 students and teachers from nine countries for an action-packed, four-day...
USAID disaster workers (with vests and in USAID hat) distribute flood assistance in Sindh Province, Pakistan, September 2022. More than 30 million Pakistanis were displaced due to the floods. Photo courtesy of USAID
By Thomas RA Montgomery As monsoon rains fell and riverbanks overflowed in Pakistan this summer, Mission Pakistan staff became increasingly concerned that a crisis of unprecedented proportions was building. At their zenith, flood waters covered one third of the country, leaving an area the size of Italy underwater; killing more...
Steven Manders (red sweater) and members of Embassy Lusaka’s Marine Security Guard detachment (from left) Derius Wright, Nathanael Deschesne, Thomas Lopez, and Daunte Oronabuild, build a pond at an elephant orphanage in Lusaka National Park, Zambia, June 27. Photo courtesy of Embassy Lusaka
By Carol Borg  When the J. Kirby Simon Foreign Service Trust announced their annual call for proposals, Steve Manders jumped at the chance to use his skills to make a difference. Manders is a retired construction and oil field businessman who is in Zambia with his wife Carol Borg, Embassy...
Participants of the Embassy Tashkent-sponsored self-defense camp in Tashkent demonstrate their skills. The program, which also includes mental health coaching, supports women’s empowerment and counters gender-based violence in Uzbekistan. Photo by Haqyor Haydarov
By Utkirbek Tadjimov With the combined goals of empowering women and combating gender-based violence, the public diplomacy (PD) section at Embassy Tashkent launched its inaugural self-defense camp for women and girls in 2021. The effort, funded by a grant to U.S. government exchange program alumni, also includes mental health coaching...
Clean Energy Workshop participants in Suva, Fiji, Oct. 4. From left, front row wearing garlands: Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Strategic Lead for Pacific Women Lead Programme Mereseini Rakuita; SPC Deputy Director-General for Science and Capability Dr. Paula Vivili; Bureau of Energy Resources Deputy Assistant Secretary Laura Lochman; Tuvalu High Commissioner Dr. Eselealofa Apinelu; and U.S. Embassy Suva Chargé d’Affaires Tony Greubel. Photo by Bettylyn Matakitoga
By Maxine Lunn and Marina Kelly On the heels of the first-ever U.S.-Pacific Island Country Summit in Washington, a three-person delegation from the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR), led by Deputy Assistant Secretary Laura Lochman, visited Fiji, Oct. 3-6. The ENR visit reinforced the Department of State’s support for the...