During calendar year 2004, the United States
Embassy in Montevideo, working with the U.S. public and
private sectors, provided assistance in money, goods and
services to Uruguay valued at nearly US$ 6 million. The
United States government supplied approximately US$ 4.8
million of this amount, while American corporations, NGOs,
and religious groups donated the balance.
Funds donated by the U.S. government under
the Fund of the Americas allowed
twenty-one Uruguayan NGOs access to US$ 650,000 for valuable
environmental and social service programs. These social
service programs benefited Uruguay’s most vulnerable
population, its children. Additionally, the United States
Congress, through its funding of the Inter-American Foundation,
allocated more than US$ 660,000 to local NGO programs supporting
low income communities, encouraging the development of small
businesses, assisting the Afro-Uruguayan community in the
development of a regional network, and supporting grassroots
In 2004, with Embassy assistance, the U.S.
NGO National Cancer Coalition provided cancer pharmaceuticals to the Ministry of
Public Health for distribution to patients in public cancer
hospitals. The two donations that have been delivered so far amount to
almost US$ 600,000. In addition, the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Resources’ National Institute of
Health approved funding for US$ 200,000 in medical research
projects dealing with the use of antenatal corticosteroids
in Uruguay and other countries in the region.
The U.S. Department of Defense helped with
the remodeling of and security upgrades tothe Cap. Curbelo
Naval Base and the Laguna del Sauce Airport,and donated
five earth-moving machines for the National Emergency System.
The Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Section
provided more than US$ 850,000 for cultural programs, exchange
of experts, language training, books and Fulbright scholarships.
The U.S. Embassy will continue efforts
to obtain assistance for Uruguay in 2005.