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.

Katouma, 48 months, is amongst the cleanest, happiest and most active children of the many gathered with their mothers in Tion, the Ségou region of Mali. The mothers discuss a newly introduced approach to nutrition and the benefits it has brought to their households.

“Before the [program], Katouma was always sick and crying and didn’t have energy,” said Katouma's mother, Kadija Konta. “Now look at her!” 

Until recently, supporting herself with her own income was not even a possibility for Zorica Mekic, a 38-year-old mother of three who lives in Sekovici, one of the poorest municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Mekic managed to finish primary school but had not even learned to drive when the Bosnian war broke out in spring 1992. In the midst of violence and chaos that lasted four years, she fell in love, got married and bore her first child. 

Recognizing that corruption in the judiciary branch nullifies rule of law efforts in the entire country, the Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan adopted an anti-corruption plan in December 2013 to address the problem.

Under the Kyrgyzstan Judicial Strengthening Program, a joint project between USAID and the International Development Law Organization, recommendations were put forward on how to tackle corruption in the Kyrgyz court system, including when to implement the measures.

Since the end of Côte d’Ivoire’s post-electoral crisis in 2010, USAID has aimed to promote more effective engagement between citizens and government. In collaboration with the Mayor’s Office in Abobo, USAID, through its Office of Transition Initiatives, helped organize an open house in November 2013 to help women affected by the crisis obtain financial loans for small businesses.

Ukraine is among the countries that attracts refugees from all over the world. While the immigrants come with diverse backgrounds and experiences, they still encounter myriad challenges as they adjust to their new lives. Today, many libraries in Ukraine provide critical support to individuals in these diverse ethnic communities with resources that help them adapt to the new environment.

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.

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Last updated: August 18, 2014