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U.S. Assistance to Uruguay in 2004 Valued at Nearly US$ 6 Million

Efforts to obtain assistance for Uruguay will continue in 2005

Posted: May 9, 2005

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 development.

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.



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