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).

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.

The Sofaniama Djimara Valley is an important source of livelihoods for surrounding populations. The valley contains the only water source in the area and originates in The Gambia, creating a link between Gambian farmers and their Senegalese counterparts. This unfortunately results in conflicts over the management of the valley and its resources.

Iryna*, her husband and her first healthy child were eagerly awaiting the birth of a second child until Iryna was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) in April 2014. She spontaneously became a pariah in her household, and in the ensuing familial scandal, her family sent the child to live with her mother-in-law

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Last updated: March 25, 2015