Transforming Lives

Every day, all over the world, USAID brings peace to those who endure violence, health to those who struggle with sickness, and prosperity to those who live in poverty. It is these individuals — these uncounted thousands of lives — that are the true measure of USAID’s successes and the true face of USAID's programs.

Проект Агентства з Міжнародного Розвитку США «Разом до Здоров’я» допоміг цій місцевій організації стати самодостатнім НДО, яка займається інформаційно-просвітницькою роботою у сфері планування сім’ї та репродуктивного здоров’я.

Timor-Leste has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the South East Asia and Pacific region—557 deaths per 100,000 live births. Post-partum hemorrhage causes nearly 50 percent of maternal deaths. Due to delays in identifying hemorrhage, reaching health care facilities among rural terrain, and receiving necessary care, such as a blood transfusion or surgery, many Timorese women die before receiving life-saving treatment.

Через ускладнення ситуації на сході країни, громадські організації та влада нарощують обсяги підтримки щоб задовольнити потреби, пов’язані зі зростаючою кількістю вимушених внутрішніх переселенців, та забезпечити їм критично важливу допомогу.   

In September 2012, USAID’s Pass on the Gift program trained Kobor, starting him off with 10 hens and two roosters. Eighteen months later, he had over 80 hens, chicks and roosters in his family compound, representing a new source of capital as well as a new source of nutrition for his family.

In Kyrgyzstan, where the prevention, detection and treatment of tuberculosis is a major public health concern, new methods of patient-centered care are being developed to combat the disease. With the support of the USAID-funded TB CARE I project, the Kyrgyz National TB Program has begun piloting full outpatient care, allowing TB patients to be treated without hospitalization. The pilot, currently involving 72 patients, is taking place in the urban setting of Bishkek, the country’s capital, with the treatment success rate 86%.

Despite increased investment in tuberculosis (TB) prevention and treatment over the last decade, the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) and policymakers in Kyrgyzstan were not directing sufficient attention to infection control (IC). The number of infections acquired by patients and health care workers in hospitals and other health care facilities was an indicator of the problem. In 2011 alone, 42 health care workers contracted TB and in 2012 the number of cases increased. Moreover, outdated regulations were contributing to delays in TB diagnosis and treatment. The seriousness of the situation finally forced Kyrgyz authorities to address long-overdue revisions to national IC policies and practices, with assistance from the USAID-funded TB CARE I project.

Knowledge about family planning and reproductive health is growing in Ukraine thanks to a small former USAID grantee that has grown into an important regional change-maker.

Medicine figured prominently in Neema Shosho’s family growing up in Dodoma, Tanzania. Her mother was a nurse and her brother, a doctor. When she was a young girl, family talk about food and nutrition was just that—talk. Now, Shosho is as much a participant in the conversations as the rest of her family.

In the minds of many young Tanzanians aged 18 to 35, farming does not offer the economic opportunities or the attractive lifestyle many aspire to achieve. This sentiment is best encapsulated in the lyrics of the popular post-World War I song, “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree?).

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Last updated: March 04, 2015