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.

Soccer is a major national pastime in Côte d’Ivoire, one that transcends ethnic divides that remain following the country’s 2010-2011 post-electoral crisis. The national team, Les Éléphants, is a major source of pride for the country, especially in light of their victory in the recent Africa Cup of Nations on Feb. 8.

More than a decade of political and economic crisis has driven deep wedges between the different ethnic groups that make up Côte d’Ivoire. Social cohesion was further eroded by the post-election crisis of 2010-2011, during which 3,000 people died and tens of thousands more were raped, injured or displaced.

Проект Агентства з Міжнародного Розвитку США «Разом до Здоров’я» допоміг цій місцевій організації стати самодостатнім НДО, яка займається інформаційно-просвітницькою роботою у сфері планування сім’ї та репродуктивного здоров’я.

In Burkina Faso, many populations are still recovering from the 2012 food and nutrition crisis that left hundreds of thousands food insecure. In fact, one out of every three children under 5 is stunted in Burkina Faso, increasing the likelihood of irreversible cognitive impairment and poor health.

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).

The remote rural location of Senegal’s Coumbacara area and its border with neighboring Guinea-Bissau have had a significant impact on community relations and on the free movement of people and goods. Recurring conflicts have taken place between cattle herders and farmers over land and cattle paths, and between villages over cattle theft.

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Last updated: April 13, 2015