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Foreign Humanitarian Assistance
Foreign Humanitarian Assistance programs represent a series of security cooperation activities that support Partner Nations provision of essential services while addressing a humanitarian need (hunger, disease, or privation) and promoting regional stability and security. USAFRICOM’s focus is to enhance African disaster/crisis response capabilities; to strengthen HN civil institutions; to counter violent extremists’ messages by improving civilian population’s living conditions while enabling African solutions for African challenges. These programs reflect a commitment to interagency coordination and cooperation and strive to promote civilian control of the military.

Humanitarian Assistance – Disaster Preparedness Program (HA-DPP)

DPP increases the capacity of African nations to mitigate and prepare for an all hazard disaster response within the Ministry designated to respond. The program supports civilian-military interface, enhancing collaboration and the military’s ability to perform their civil support functions. It also improves the capacity for regional interaction and stability in the event of a complex emergency such as a pandemic event. Working with national and regional entities in a comprehensive, holistic manner, the program builds capacity and capability over time. The DPP may provide training, planning support, technical assistance, exercise validation, and equipment purchases.

Humanitarian Assistance – Other (HA-O)

USAFRICOM’s HA-O Program includes activities designed to relieve or reduce endemic conditions such as human suffering, disease, hunger, and privation, particularly in regions where humanitarian needs may pose major challenges to stability, prosperity, and respect for universal human values.  HA-O program activities are funded by the Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster and Civic Aid appropriation.  HA-O activities address a basic healthcare, education, and infrastructure needs.  Common projects include construction of health clinics, schools, and provision of humanitarian supplies

Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA)

The HMA program relieves human suffering and the adverse effects of land mines and other explosive remnants of war on noncombatants, including ammunition stockpiles, while advancing the Theater Campaign Plan strategies and U.S. national security objectives.  DOD supports foreign governments in detection, clearance, physical security, and stockpile management of landmines and other explosive remnants of war by executing a “Train-the-Trainer” programs of instruction designed to develop indigenous capabilities for a wide range of HMA activities including the furnishing of education, training, and technical assistance.

Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA)

HCA activities are conducted in conjunction with authorized operations and exercises of the military services in a foreign country; are conducted with the approval of the Partner Nation national and local civilian authorities; complement, and do not duplicate, other forms of humanitarian assistance provided to the Partner Nation by the DOS and USAID; serve the basic economic and social needs of the Partner Nation; and promote the security and foreign policy interests of the United States, the security interests of the country in which the activities are to be performed, and the specific operational readiness skills of the Service members who participate in the HCA activities.  These projects include, but are not limited to engineering, medical, dental and veterinary care provided in rural or under-served areas of a country.

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