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.

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but that’s not true for artisans of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH), who have learned, honed and passed on their skills from generation to generation for hundreds of years.

Access to lifesaving anti-retroviral treatment (ART) for HIV continues to be a major obstacle in Mozambique, where many rural clinics do not offer this service. Patients must travel long distances to health centers offering ART, incurring transportation costs to receive medicine and attend check-up visits. This leads to poor adherence to ART, withdrawal from treatment, and preventable deaths.

When Bakir Lozane first worked the land in Alto Molocue in northern Mozambique, he was clearing mines sown over years of civil war. Today, Alto Molocue is home to the 1,250-hectare Lozane Farms, one of the country’s biggest producers of high-quality seeds—particularly soybean seeds

Until recently, outdated Mozambican insolvency laws dating back more than a century made the process to dissolve a business unduly complicated, slow and costly. These factors can impair growth, competitiveness, and the prevention and resolution of financial crises.

Access to finance remains a critical obstacle for Mozambican smallholder farmers. A 2010 national survey found that only 2.4 percent of Mozambique’s 3.8 million farms have accessed credit—hamstrung by physical distance from banks, financial illiteracy, small crop volumes and high interest rates.

For the mayors who were elected to represent Kosovo’s four northern Serb-majority municipalities for the first time in the newly independent country’s history, their most important task upon taking office in early 2014 was to instill confidence in their constituency. They needed to show the citizens of their communities that they not only understood their needs, but that they would follow through on campaign promises to meet them.

Квітень 2014. - анкета для пацієнта, розроблена з метою скринінгу на наявність ознак туберкульозу, допомагає покращити діагностику серед людей, які живуть з ВІЛ, та дає пацієнтам шанс на швидше одужання.

Андрій (прізвище не вказується з міркувань конфіденційності) живе з ВІЛ з 2010 року. Коли у нього вперше виявили ВІЛ, його самопочуття, як йому тоді здавалося, залишалося в нормі. На невеликий кашель та втому він не звертав тоді уваги. Ці незначні симптоми не здавалися йому важливими, аж доки ними не зацікавився лікар.

Во время учебной поездки в Украину в марте 2012г., организованной при финансовой поддержке Агентства США по международному развитию (USAID), несколько жителей городского поселка Желудок Гродненской области Беларуси ознакомились с технологиями энергосбережения. Взяв на вооружение знания о мониторинге и техниках снижения энергопотребления, они сразу же инициировали энергоаудит ГУО «Ясли-сад г.п. Желудок» и разработали рекомендации по рационализации энергопользования. 

You are thirsty. Now imagine walking six hours round trip, only to reach dirty water at your destination. That’s what Semegn Mikir did every day just to acquire water for her family in Ethiopia. Mikir is the mother of a 2-year-old daughter and lives in the rural Lay Gayint district in Taria Georgies village.

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Last updated: October 29, 2014