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.
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
During the occupation of northern Mali in 2012, Malian Government representatives were among the first to flee, leaving already weak public services nonexistent. Armed groups took advantage of the security vacuum and the abandoned buildings, using public administration offices as headquarters and barracks. Looters also vandalized and stole from the buildings, further destroying public resources.
As ethnic tensions flare and calls for a return to war are audible on the streets of Bamako, USAID, through its Office of Transition Initiatives, recognizes the need to counteract calls for violence. Through its Mali Transition Initiative (MTI), USAID organized an emergency meeting in May 2014 at the MTI office in Bamako with representatives of youth associations and all agreed: A coherent, consistent message of peace from Malian civil society could deliver messages to advocate for peace and unity.
With MDR-TB a growing problem nationwide, Kyrgyzstan’s National TB Program (NTP) and the Ministry of Health (MoH), in collaboration with the USAID-funded TB CARE I project, led by the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, have joined forces to address this serious health challenge. National guidelines and protocols on MDR-TB, aligned with WHO recommendations, were developed and approved to facilitate an improved national treatment program.
In Kyrgyzstan, where the prevention, detection and treatment of tuberculosis is a major public health concern, new methods of patient-centered care are being developed to combat the disease. With the support of the USAID-funded TB CARE I project, the Kyrgyz National TB Program has begun piloting full outpatient care, allowing TB patients to be treated without hospitalization. The pilot, currently involving 72 patients, is taking place in the urban setting of Bishkek, the country’s capital, with the treatment success rate 86%.
Despite increased investment in tuberculosis (TB) prevention and treatment over the last decade, the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) and policymakers in Kyrgyzstan were not directing sufficient attention to infection control (IC). The number of infections acquired by patients and health care workers in hospitals and other health care facilities was an indicator of the problem. In 2011 alone, 42 health care workers contracted TB and in 2012 the number of cases increased. Moreover, outdated regulations were contributing to delays in TB diagnosis and treatment. The seriousness of the situation finally forced Kyrgyz authorities to address long-overdue revisions to national IC policies and practices, with assistance from the USAID-funded TB CARE I project.
Knowledge about family planning and reproductive health is growing in Ukraine thanks to a small former USAID grantee that has grown into an important regional change-maker.
Medicine figured prominently in Neema Shosho’s family growing up in Dodoma, Tanzania. Her mother was a nurse and her brother, a doctor. When she was a young girl, family talk about food and nutrition was just that—talk. Now, Shosho is as much a participant in the conversations as the rest of her family.
In the minds of many young Tanzanians aged 18 to 35, farming does not offer the economic opportunities or the attractive lifestyle many aspire to achieve. This sentiment is best encapsulated in the lyrics of the popular post-World War I song, “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree?).”
Last updated: March 13, 2015