Medical service providers are shown on an airplane during the first evacuation of diplomats from Wuhan, China, to the United States, Feb. 2020. Photo by Jamie Fouss
By Christine A. Stapleton, Lee Ann Eisler, and Carole Brown In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Department of State’s Bureau of Medical Services (MED) activated the Health Alert Response Team (HART). In collaboration with other Department bureaus and outside agencies, HART monitors, provides guidance, and supports evacuated...
This photo, depicting early voting in Arlington, Va., was submitted as part of the media package that the Foreign Press Centers provided to participating journalists. Photo courtesy of the Foreign Press Centers
By Katie Reedy In April, the Foreign Press Centers (FPCs) previewed their plans to promote global media coverage of the 2020 presidential elections to ensure a broad understanding of the U.S. democratic process. Soon after the success of their in-person reporting tour for overseas journalists at the New Hampshire presidential...
Members of Embassy Kabul’s staff gather, while social distancing, in the front of the embassy before starting their volunteer work. Photo by Todd Jurkowski
By Amy Hood Embassy Kabul was already working within the confines of a decades-long conflict, political turmoil, and terrorist threats when the coronavirus pandemic struck in March. Due to the outbreak, the compound was locked down to reduce the risk of transmission, and when the deputy chief of mission stated...
A group of exchange visitors from Keene State College in New Hampshire volunteer at the NYC Marathon on behalf of the Department’s Exchange Volunteer Program, Nov. 3. Photo by Steven Spiegel
By Christian Caudill  For the fifth year in a row, the Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) comprised the largest group of volunteers for the TCS New York City Marathon. More than 1,600 volunteers provided runners with water, Gatorade, and encouragement at miles 5 and 6 in Brooklyn and...
U.S Ambassador to Uzbekistan Daniel Rosenblum participated in the handover of an assistance package for flood victims worth more than $11,000 from the U.S. NGO, Spirit of America, May 5. At the request of the local government in the area affected by the Sardoba reservoir dam flooding, the package...
Speaking from Embassy New Delhi, Deputy Chief of Mission Edgard Kagan moderated a discussion among high-level officials from the U.S. and Indian governments, and U.S. industry leaders on regional healthcare investments as the foundation for post-COVID-19 economic growth. The virtual engagement was part of the Indo-Pacific Business Forum, the...
Consul General Sue Saarnio (front center) and employees of the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana support Fundación Esperanza de México by building a house during the Day of Service events for the Fourth of July. Photo by Jose Noriega
By Angie Gomez Martelli  In lieu of a traditional Independence Day celebration, the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana organized community service events to support local nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The consulate’s Community Service Committee (CSC) identified three partner organizations for ongoing service projects: the Mexican Red Cross, Fundación...
The U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia Michael Klecheski (center), attended the opening of a U.S. government-funded kindergarten in the southern city of Sainshand, Sept. 23. Klecheski met with local activists from the disability community during the event. The embassy’s Civil-Military Support Element led the effort to construct the $436,000 kindergarten,...
By L. David Tigreros, PMP, CISSP The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) announced the launch of FSiLearn, the Department of State’s newest online learning platform, Nov. 9, 2020. FSiLearn boasts a robust suite of tools and functionality that are on the cutting edge of educational technology. It will facilitate effective training...
Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu (second from left) prepares plov—a rice dish—with world-renowned Uzbek chef Bahriddin Chustiy (far right) during his visit to Tashkent for the Strategic Partnership Dialogue, December 2021. The U.S. delegation and members of the Uzbek Ministry of Foreign Affairs also...