An Unforgettable 2021 – Op-ed by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard

As we prepare to transition to 2022, we are grateful for the friendships, strengthened partnerships, and progress accomplished toward U.S. and Nigerian goals this past year.  On behalf of the entire U.S. Mission, I extend our warmest wishes for a healthy, peaceful, and joyous holiday season. At the outset of 2021, we all had high hopes of controlling the COVID-19 pandemic.  ...
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Nigeria Launches the National HIV Clinical Mentorship Program

The Honourable Minister of State for Health, Dr. Adeleke Mamora, described establishing the National HIV Clinical Mentorship Program (NCMP) as a significant landmark achievement for the HIV response in Nigeria and to build capacity and support HIV treatment and care service providers in an integrated approach. He made the statement at the formal launch of ...
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U.S. Donates an Additional 2.5 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines to Nigeria This Week

Abuja, Nigeria – The U.S. Embassy proudly welcomed the arrival of 2.5 million Pfizer vaccine doses in Abuja this week.  The National Primary Health Care Development Agency received the vaccines, ensuring they were taken to cold storage to prepare for distribution to over 3,000 health facilities across all 36 states and FCT-Abuja.  Over the next ...
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Ambassador Leonard’s Remarks at the International Stakeholders Conference on Digital Technology and Cybersecurity

Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here with you today. Digital technologies offer exciting and incredibly promising opportunities, but they also carry with them the need to ensure an effective plan to prevent and respond to cybersecurity threats. As everyone here knows, any effective approach to cybersecurity requires the collaboration of experts across ...
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Presidential Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Effective November 8, foreign national air travelers to the United States will be required – with only limited exceptions– to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States. The CDC has determined that for the purposes of entry into the United States, ...
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Remarks by U.S. Consul General Claire Pierengelo – Public Health Emergency Management Professional Certificate Program

During the Closing Ceremony and Certification of Participants of the USG-supported Public Health Emergency Management Professional Certificate Program On behalf of the U.S. Mission in Nigeria, I am delighted to join you this afternoon for the closing ceremony and certification of participants of the United States Government-supported Public Health Emergency Management Professional Certificate program, the ...
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US-CDC Trains 40 Public Health Officials in Nigeria on Emergency Response

Lagos––The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC) on Monday kicked off a two-week capacity building program in Lagos for Nigerian experts on public health emergency response. The training seeks to certify the first cohort of 40 participants drawn from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), state-level ministries of health, the Nigeria ...
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Taiwan’s Exclusion from the World Health Assembly Undermines Global Health By U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard

Taiwan was incredibly effective at managing the COVID-19 pandemic and the world has an opportunity to learn from that experience at the May 25-June 1 World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva. If only inviting Taiwan were that easy. Taiwan unfortunately has been blocked from participating in critical international efforts to control the spread of diseases, ...
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USAID Launches $3 million Grants to Support Food Security Challenge in Nigeria

Application  Opens April 12 to May 9, to youth-led and mid-stage companies  Abuja – On April 12, 2021, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Nigeria launched a COVID-19 Food Security Challenge that will provide $3 million in grant funding and technical assistance to youth-led and mid-stage companies working in food value chains in ...
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250 Women Graduate from U.S. Consulate Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

Ile-Ife––A diverse group of 250 women on Friday graduated from the 3rd cohort of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a U.S. government initiative that supports women entrepreneurs around the world. Designed to cultivate entrepreneurial know-how, AWE helps women entrepreneurs connect with funding opportunities, enhance opportunities for business expansion, and increase the likelihood of entrepreneurial success. ...
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Looking Back on 2020 with a sense of optimism toward 2021

By Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard   I was proud to arrive in Nigeria and begin my third ambassadorial posting last November.  2020 will long be remembered as the year of the pandemic COVID-19, and we will look back and honor the lives of the more than 1.5 million people worldwide who lost their lives to this vicious pandemic.  2020 also marked 60 years of bilateral ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard – Ventilator Handover Ceremony

Abuja Premier Medical Warehouse I am delighted to join you here today at the Abuja Premier Medical Warehouse – which, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health, USAID commissioned in 2017 — as the U.S. government presents life-saving equipment to the Government of Nigeria and its citizens. The 200 ventilators being transferred today are ...
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USAID Trains War Widows in Northeast Nigeria to Produce Facemasks That Protect Against COVID-19

Maiduguri, Nigeria – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Office of Transition Initiatives is supporting training for women, mostly widowed or otherwise made vulnerable by the Boko Haram insurgency, to produce protective facemasks to help protect the population from the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria’s conflict-affected Northeast. After an initial round of trainings ...
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Transcript: Special Background Briefing via Telephone – Senior Administration Official on COVID-19 in Africa and the U.S. Response

Moderator:  Good afternoon to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub.  I would like to welcome our participants dialing in from across the continent and thank all of you for joining this discussion. Before we begin today’s briefing, I would like to establish the ground rules.  This briefing is provided on ...
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COVID-19: U.S. Repatriates 997 Americans Back Home

Lagos––The U.S. Mission in Nigeria has helped 997 Americans return home to reunite with family and friends during this time of unprecedented challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. From April 6-8, three U.S. Consulate-organized chartered flights operated by Delta Air Lines and Ethiopian Airlines repatriated 850 American citizens from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos ...
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