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.

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.

Music moves people and messages in today’s world, and through the USAID-sponsored MTV EXIT campaign, top artists around Asia have taken center stage to energize youth to work to end human trafficking.

Reports can convey a compelling story—like the eight comprehensive country studies under USAID’s “Being LGBT in Asia” initiative. The studies are designed to learn about and engage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people across Asia, developing a better understanding of their lives as well as deriving recommendations for further development assistance activities.

Watering crops can be as easy as riding a bike in Nepal, where farmers are putting low-tech development into motion on two wheels in an effective approach that is being rolled out in other countries in South and Southeast Asia. They are not just spinning their wheels, they are driving farm development forward

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Last updated: February 17, 2015