By WRAL Tech Wire

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – FHI announced Wednesday that is it changing its name to FHI 360 and has acquired AED’s programs, expertise and other assets, building on its strategic approach to address development needs in more holistic ways.

“Today, as we reintroduce FHI as FHI 360, we take another step toward helping the people we serve meet their health and development needs,” said Albert J. Siemens, Ph.D., FHI Chief Executive Officer. “Four years ago, FHI began expanding into broader sectors of development. By combining the expertise of FHI and AED, two organizations that share similar missions and a long history of partnering with others to succeed, we will be able to reach farther, do more and serve many – even more effectively.”

Washington-based AED operates education, health and economic development projects around the world.

As highlighted by the Millennium Development Goals, of the nearly 7 billion people living in the world today, 1.4 billion are living on less than U.S.$1.25 a day; 33.4 million are living with HIV; an estimated 2.6 billion are without access to toilets, latrines or other forms of improved sanitation; and about 69 million school-age children are not in school.

FHI 360 will continue to apply rigor and discipline, through its scientific and evidence-based approach, to a broader set of issues – addressing development challenges in health, nutrition, education, economic development, civil society and the environment.

FHI 360 is now responsible for more than 100 AED programs in 50 states and more than 50 countries.

“This is about creating lasting change in the U.S. and around the world. It is about empowering individuals, families and communities to tackle their own problems. It is about improving lives,” said Siemens.

FHI 360 operates from 60 offices and around the world. Its headquarters will remain in Durham.

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