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 2014A patient questionnaire, designed to screen for TB symptoms, is improving TB diagnostics among people living with HIV and giving patients a chance for a faster recovery.

Andriy* has lived with HIV since 2010. When first diagnosed, he didn’t feel bad. Nor did he pay much attention to the mild cough and fatigue that he had been experiencing. These minor symptoms didn’t seem important until his physician became interested in them.

Increased access to quality family planning services and increased awareness of modern methods of contraception are among the main priorities of Kazakhstan's health-care system in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Одним из основных приоритетов системы здравоохранения в Казахстане в области сексуального и репродуктивного  здоровья и прав являются более доступные и качественные услуги по планированию семьи для мужчин и женщин репродуктивного возраста  и повышение их осведомленности о современных методах контрацепции.

Improving the provision of electricity to households and businesses in Azerbaijan's Piramsan village in Shabran rayon has been a top priority of the community for a long time. For years, citizens knew that electricity supply lines, cables and equipment had long exceeded their technical capacity for delivering necessary electrical power to the community. As a result, short circuits often occurred during windy weather, leading to long-term power outages.

In Ethiopia, it is common for children to go to sleep hungry. Food insecurity is high among rural areas, and over 20 percent of children under 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition.

Agrei Admasu is a 32-year-old mother of three from the Amhara region who struggled to feed her children. “I did not know anything about exclusive breastfeeding or balanced, nutritious food preparation. I used to feed my babies anything that was available at home. However, they frequently suffered from diarrhea and vomiting,” she said.

Munyinga province in northern Burundi has a population of about 700,000, yet no hospital in the area had a neonatology unit until recently. Premature newborns were transported by ambulance to the regional hospital of Ngozi, 80 kilometers away—putting fragile, premature babies at risk. As a result, many preemies died.

Miloš Grujić, a civil engineering student from Kosovo's Zupče/Zupçë village in the town of Zubin Potok, first discovered the shiitake mushroom while surfing the Internet in search of a viable business idea. An entrepreneurial young man in a country with high unemployment, Grujić did not want to wait for a job to find him. After researching what it would take to cultivate the mushrooms, he developed a business plan and approached USAID’s Community Action Initiative Program for help to purchase his startup materials.

Access to clean water is one of the most basic human needs. Without a proper water drainage system in place, wastewater can wreak havoc on communities large and small, carrying disease and damaging property. For a small village in northern Kosovo, a damaged water drainage channel had devastating effects on the health and livelihood of the community.

For many people in rural areas of Ethiopia access to sufficient water and adequate sanitation remains out of reach. Pastoralist communities in Ethiopia have some of the lowest water and sanitation coverage rates in the world, a situation exacerbated by climate change and population growth.

USAID interventions in areas of chronic and emergency water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs and subsequent development investments in sustainable access to safe water represent a success in moving families from relief to development programming.

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Last updated: January 27, 2014