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 the rural district of Mokhotlong in Lesotho, Momotaung* wakes up early to prepare for another arduous, two-hour trip to the hospital for her checkup. 

The crisis in Syria continues to escalate and 9.3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance—more than 40 percent of the country’s total population. With winter fast approaching, these staggering numbers speak to the urgency of preparing Syrians for the upcoming cold weather.

On Aug. 18, 2011, Jonise* and her son, John Werley*, traveled to Hôpital Evangélique in Bombardopolis, a small town in Haiti’s northwest region known for its difficult terrain. Jonise was making a routine visit to the clinic to receive her monthly supply of medication. The mood was tense. Jonise, who was diagnosed with HIV in 2005, lived in anticipation of the day her 11-month-old son would be tested for HIV.

On his first birthday, Sept. 15, 2011, the 12-month wait was over. John Werley was tested at the clinic at Bombardopolis. His test results showed no sign of HIV.

Guyana, a small country in the Caribbean, now benefits from a 21st century supply chain that provides health commodities, including safe and effective antiretroviral drugs for Guyanese who are living with HIV, and reliable kits to test those at risk.

The new supply chain was made possible by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief’s Supply Chain Management System, which is managed by USAID.

A daylong “Fair Play, Fair Childhood” charity basketball event in August 2013 will shine in the hearts and minds of children from around Bosnia and Herzegovina for a long time to come.

USAID organized the event with the Basketball Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) as part of the Agency’s summer campaign to promote fair play and equal access to education for children of all ethnicities and with all levels of ability.

Job loss, eviction and social ostracism are just some of the risks that LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) individuals in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) encounter when their sexual orientation is revealed. Fear of these risks prevents them from reporting discrimination and bias-motivated crimes to the police or in the media.

"I would not dare press charges against anyone who victimized me for being a lesbian. It would only lead to more problems for me," said one BiH citizen, who preferred to remain anonymous.

Outside the Carewell Clinic in Lesotho, scores of men and adolescent boys are sitting under the sun. All of them are here for the same reason—voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention.

Inside the clinic, a well-dressed man named Hlalele* is just beginning the VMMC process. He has already gone through related group and individual counseling and is awaiting his screening, after which he will undergo the VMMC procedure.

For the first time since graduating from vocational technical high school 10 years ago, Ajdin Dedic has a job as a skilled worker in his hometown of Travnik in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Është thënë se marrëveshjet e biznesit i kalojnë kufijtë etnik. Dyqani i suvenireve “Gift” (dhurata)  në pjesën veriore të qytetit të ndarë të Mitrovicës shërben si shembull.

Ky biznes i vogël familjar i themeluar në vitin 2004 ishte i tejmbushur me kërkesa nga klientët në mbarë vendi. Megjithatë, për të vazhduar me kërkesën e lartë të tregut krahas rritjes së gamës së produkteve të kompanisë duke përdorur pajisjet e vjetra, ishte e vështirë.

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Last updated: January 15, 2015