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.

In a field dominated by women, Jacinto “Ancing” Managbanag, 31, is among the 1 percent of male midwives in the Philippines, where about 11 women die every day during childbirth. He is one of the nearly 750 private practicing midwives that USAID trained there in maternal and child health between 2009 and 2013. 

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.

In 13 years, Afghanistan has gone from just one national broadcaster to more than 30 terrestrial TV stations in Kabul alone. The booming media sector is a good indicator of business growth in the country.

Scientist Honglada “Lada” Thoetkiattikul has moved from examining microbes under a microscope to pitching policy recommendations that could affect the sharing of biological resources within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

USAID, through its Economic Growth Project, helped millet farmers in Paoskoto during the 2010-2011 crop year organize into networks to boost production and better integrate into market channels. Facilitators were trained to teach villagers about seed quality, conservation farming, organic fertilization, control of parasitic plants, grain quality standards required by industrial processors, and more.

The remote rural location of Senegal’s Coumbacara area and its border with neighboring Guinea-Bissau have had a significant impact on community relations and on the free movement of people and goods. Recurring conflicts have taken place between cattle herders and farmers over land and cattle paths, and between villages over cattle theft.

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.   

With young people representing more than 45 percent of Senegal’s population, reaching youth with family planning and safer sex messaging has been a priority for the Senegalese Government, spurring them to develop a national youth reproductive health strategy.

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.

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Last updated: May 11, 2015