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.

April 2014—The war that ravaged Côte d’Ivoire from 2002 to 2011 took a devastating toll on the country’s infrastructure. The judicial system was no exception. The decade of conflict left the judicial system in ruins, resulting in woefully inadequate courthouse space for magistrates and judicial staff.

April 2014—Côte d’Ivoire's contested presidential election in November 2010, part of the 2007 Ouagadougou Political Agreement, aimed to reunify a country divided between a government-controlled south and a rebel-controlled north. Instead of achieving stability, the elections resulted in serious violence. Three thousand people were killed and hundreds of thousands were displaced, inflaming an already-tense social and political environment throughout the country.

In western Nepal’s Banke district, the Duduwa River surrounds the Farm Tole village on three sides. As picturesque and convenient as this may appear, the river also makes the village vulnerable to floods. Over the years, monsoon flooding has become progressively more serious, with land along the river being washed away every year.

April 2014—Most tuberculosis (TB) patients in Kazakhstan, including non-infectious TB patients, are hospitalized from the time of their initial diagnosis to the end of the intensive phase of treatment. This ranges from two to four months for regular TB, and six to 12 months for multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) cases. In addition to costing a significant portion of Kazakhstan’s national funding for TB, such lengthy hospitalizations do not comply with World Health Organization guidelines and other internationally accepted standards of care.

March 2014The occupation of Timbuktu in 2012 was a traumatic experience for the entire community, but particularly the youth, who were targeted by armed extremist groups who imposed brutal interpretation of Sharia law. For over a year, young people became prisoners in their own city or were forced to seek refuge in other areas of Mali and neighboring countries.

April 2014—H Kem Buon, an ethnic minority woman in Vietnam's Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, recalls a time when things were not easy for her family. They did not make enough money to cover basic expenses. The entire income of her family with four children was then around $950 (20 million Vietnamese dong) a year, which came from maize, rice and corn crops on their 1.4 hectares of farm land. Her family’s most valuable assets were an old house and an obsolete motorbike.

April 2014—High-pitched ululations resound at the Kahawa Dispensary in Borabu, Nyamira County, Kenya. Health workers and patients are celebrating the safe delivery of twin boys. In Kenya, one mother dies every hour from pregnancy related causes, especially at the time of delivery.  Over half of all women in Kenya still give birth at home and only 47 percent of pregnant women make the recommended four antenatal care visits.

April 2014—In November 2013, a group of 20 student body presidents from the Talas region organized a charity concert that included performances by schoolchildren, youth art groups and local comedy troupes. Ticket sales from the concert raised over $300, all of which was donated to a local nursing home. 

April 2014—The Karenni, a traditionally marginalized population in Burma, have not typically engaged the Burmese government on problems and prospective solutions. But last year, over 200 Karenni youth from Kayah, Kayin and Shan states demonstrated courage and leadership by proactively discussing peace, reform and local development in a public space.

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Last updated: April 24, 2014