Information for our members,
We have had some inquiries about the current status of OFDA (Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance). A few months ago, OFDA has merged with Food for Peace to form the Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance. We have contacted Daniel Forrister our contact person at the BHA. He provided us with the links below for more information about the merger:
In addition, the Pharmaceutical guidance and templates have been updated too, please follow the link for the updated forms:
Some of the changes include a revised version of the Essential Medicines list, modification of the PMC template and an new list of pre-approved suppliers (2 new additions).
The following is an excerpt of the USAID website that describes more in detail the BHA:
The is USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) provides life-saving humanitarian assistance—including food, water, shelter, emergency healthcare, sanitation and hygiene, and critical nutrition services— to the world’s most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people.BHA is the lead federal coordinator for international disaster assistance, harnessing the expertise and unique capacities of other U.S. government entities to effectively respond to natural disasters and complex crises around the world.BHA takes a holistic look at humanitarian aid, providing assistance before, during and after a crisis—from readiness and response, to relief and recovery. This includes non-emergency programming that is foundational to linking humanitarian assistance to long-term development and the journey to self-reliance.In 2020, the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance was established to streamline USAID humanitarian responses, bringing together the vast expertise and resources of the former USAID Offices of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and Food for Peace (FFP).
In Washington, D.C., the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance comprises seven offices:
Office of Africa
Office of Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean
Office of Middle East, North Africa, and Europe
Office of Global Policy, Programs, Partnerships, and Communications
Office of Technical and Program Quality
Office of Field and Response Operations
Office of Humanitarian Business and Management Operations
I hope we have informed you sufficiently. Please contact Laurine or myself if you would like to have more information. Daniel also assured me that you can contact him directly.