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.

Technology is catching on in the Solomon Islands’ fishing industry. Just ask the women and men who each day take stock of fish arriving by canoes and boats at local markets. They will tell you that tracking the size of the catch, species and price for this Pacific island nation’s fish is now much easier with mobile phones.

Sometimes it’s best to go where everyone does not know your name, but where you feel welcome just the same. It’s that way for many men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women who are among the more than half a million people living with HIV in Thailand. Roughly the same number have died since the epidemic began in the country in 1984.

Inside the forested villages near the Thai-Burmese border, migrant workers are ill or at risk of becoming ill with malaria. Pockets of high malaria transmission still remain in these remote areas where there is limited medical care for workers who know little about the Thai health system or may not even speak Thai

Social media is not all about selfies. Picture this: In Yunnan, China, tuberculosis patients are logging on to find information about their disease from those who were able to beat it.

Tuberculosis may be a well-known disease, but how many people really know what it takes to treat it? Patients in the city of Kunming, in China’s Yunnan province, struggled to achieve a complete cure since it takes a daily dose of antibiotics over the course of at least six months to eliminate the disease.

Tiny seeds go a long way in villages where Tibetan herders rely on arable land for their incomes and livelihoods. Over the years, climate change has destroyed acres of land on which livestock graze. Fewer suitable pastures mean fewer healthy yaks, which results in lower quality of meat and dairy products for families to buy. It also ultimately leads to decreased incomes.

Music moves people and messages in today’s world, and through the USAID-sponsored MTV EXIT campaign, top artists around Asia have taken center stage to energize youth to work to end human trafficking.

Reports can convey a compelling story—like the eight comprehensive country studies under USAID’s “Being LGBT in Asia” initiative. The studies are designed to learn about and engage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people across Asia, developing a better understanding of their lives as well as deriving recommendations for further development assistance activities.

The Association of Muslim Women (AMW) in Thailand, a group that engages women on local governance issues across the country, recently strengthened its own governance and reputation for notable training and advocacy efforts.

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Last updated: April 01, 2015