American Schools and Hospitals Abroad

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USAID’s Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (USAID/ASHA) provides assistance to schools, libraries, and medical centers outside the United States that serve as study and demonstration centers for American ideas and practices. USAID/ASHA awards help cultivate positive relationships between citizens of the United States and other nations.

The Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad began in 1947 and was incorporated into USAID by the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. Since its inception, USAID/ASHA has achieved a visible legacy by providing assistance to approximately 300 institutions globally and aiding in the development of innovative and state-of-the-art schools, libraries, and medical centers in more than 80 countries. USAID/ASHA’s record of contributing to and building connections with vibrant networks of civil society institutions extends through 26 U.S. Congresses and 18 presidential administrations. USAID/ASHA currently manages a worldwide portfolio of approximately 110 awards and is an invaluable complement to USAID’s wide-ranging development work.

USAID/ASHA directly contributes to U.S. foreign policy and public diplomacy objectives by fostering strong civil society institutions and excellence in higher education and innovation. The networks of educational and medical institutions supported by USAID/ASHA offer opportunities to access quality education and health services in areas of the world where often few or none exist. USAID/ASHA partners have educated successive generations of global citizens and leaders, deepening their understanding of American ideas and practices.

Map showing ASHA awarded countries from 1957-2017. ASHA has worked in more than 80 countries in Latin America, Africa, Europe & Eurasia, Asia & the Middel East.
ASHA Awards 1957-2017:
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Many thanks to those who attended the 2018 Partners Meeting on October 23, 2018 in Washington, DC.  Click here for Partners Meeting presentations and other materials.

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USAID/ASHA Annual Reports

On the right, there is a link for the ASHA 60th Anniversary Report (1957-2017). The Annual Reports below provide an overview of USAID/ASHA assistance in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

1957-2017 USAID/ASHA 60th Anniversary Report


USAID/ASHA Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2014-2018

The five-year strategy lays out a plan for USAID/ASHA to continue serving its legislative mandate and the USAID mission effectively by promoting sustainable partnerships, sharing the expertise of the United States to enhance the quality of health and education worldwide, and helping build dynamic civil society institutions abroad.

This document has been developed collaboratively, drawing on the input of peer offices within USAID, implementing partners, and legislators. Continued feedback from all of USAID/ASHA’s stakeholders is welcome as USAID/ASHA serves the American people by supporting the demonstration of the ideas and practices of the United States.

USAID/ASHA Annual Partners Conference Material 

USAID/ASHA 2015 Annual Conference Group Photo
Group Photo of USAID/ASHA Partners at the the 2015 Annual Conference

An annual USAID/ASHA Partners Conference is held every spring. The conference is an opportunity for partners to build connections, interact with USAID/ASHA staff, and discuss U.S. ideas and practices through speakers and workshops. 

2017 USAID/ASHA Annual Partners Conference Materials


USAID/ASHA Newsletter

The USAID/ASHA newsletter is electronically released monthly. The newsletter provides USAID/ASHA updates and spotlights our partner’s accomplishments. To receive announcements and updates from USAID/ASHA, subscribe to our email list.


Our March Newsletter focused on Religious Freedom. Stay tuned for the Religous Freedom Ministerial in July of this year!



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