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.

Високий рівень поширення туберкульозу вже став хронічною проблемою в Україні. Зіштовхнутись з інфекцією можна скрізь: у транспорті, в супермаркетах, на ринках, в навчальних закладах, церквах та офісах. Проте найбільш небезпечними з точки зору поширення інфекції є медичні заклади та заклади пенітенціарної служби. 

Even before the current crisis in South Sudan erupted in December 2013, more than 30 percent of the population did not have access to safe water supplies and only 13 percent had access to adequate sanitation facilities. These conditions have led to high rates of infant and child mortality and outbreaks of cholera and other diseases related to poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is a country the size of Western Europe. It has fewer miles of paved roads than Maryland, and less than 10 percent of its population have access to electricity, which is erratic. Persistent electricity problems in Minova, a town in South Kivu province, meant that the radio station could never be certain whether its news programs would air.

You could say Anchalee Aowphol is a pathfinder, if not a trailblazer, among women scientists in her native Thailand and Southeast Asia. In fact, what she does is so unique that there is no word in Thai for her profession: herpetologist—a scientist who studies amphibians and reptiles. Her studies, however, may present more information about the environment and its future than meets the eye.

Technology is catching on in the Solomon Islands’ fishing industry. Just ask the women and men who each day take stock of fish arriving by canoes and boats at local markets. They will tell you that tracking the size of the catch, species and price for this Pacific island nation’s fish is now much easier with mobile phones.

Inside the forested villages near the Thai-Burmese border, migrant workers are ill or at risk of becoming ill with malaria. Pockets of high malaria transmission still remain in these remote areas where there is limited medical care for workers who know little about the Thai health system or may not even speak Thai

Social media is not all about selfies. Picture this: In Yunnan, China, tuberculosis patients are logging on to find information about their disease from those who were able to beat it.

Tuberculosis may be a well-known disease, but how many people really know what it takes to treat it? Patients in the city of Kunming, in China’s Yunnan province, struggled to achieve a complete cure since it takes a daily dose of antibiotics over the course of at least six months to eliminate the disease.

Tiny seeds go a long way in villages where Tibetan herders rely on arable land for their incomes and livelihoods. Over the years, climate change has destroyed acres of land on which livestock graze. Fewer suitable pastures mean fewer healthy yaks, which results in lower quality of meat and dairy products for families to buy. It also ultimately leads to decreased incomes.

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Last updated: January 14, 2015