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.

The chronic threat of tuberculosis (TB) infection is ubiquitous throughout Ukraine, with risks particularly high in hubs such as stores, marketplaces, schools, churches and offices. Ukraine’s hospitals and penitentiaries, however, play disproportionate roles in spreading TB.

Côte d’Ivoire’s post-election crisis in 2010 and 2011 pitted supporters of former President Laurent Gbagbo against those of current President Alassane Ouattara. The two villages of Anokoua Kouté and PK18 serve as prime examples of this persistent divide. During the crisis, Anokoua Kouté supported Gbagbo and PK18 supported Ouattara, reflecting the ethnic divide between the neighborhoods.

Every year from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10, the world mobilizes through the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence campaign to bring attention to countries like Rwanda, where nearly 56 percent of women report experiencing physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.

Driton Obërtinca humbi të pamurit e tij në moshën 18 vjeçare, sfidë kjo e cila vetëm i shtoi guximin këtij të riu ambicioz. Student i vitit të tretë në Fakultetin Juridik të Universitetit të Prishtinës, Obërtinca është edhe Kryesues i Forumit Rinor për Çështje të Sportit në kuadër të Shoqatës së të Verbërve të Kosovës. 

Driton Obertinca je izgubio vid u svojoj 18. godini, što je bio izazov koji je mladiću samo ulio dodatnu hrabrost. Student treće godine prava na Univerzitetu u Prištini, Obertinca je takođe predsedavajući Sportskog foruma mladih u sklopu Kosovskog Udruženja slepih.

Более десяти лет правительство Кыргызской Республики пытается, в основном безуспешно, улучшить ситуацию с безопасностью и завоевать доверие граждан с помощью значительных преобразований в системе правопорядка. Как и другие постсоветские страны, Кыргызская Республика унаследовала крупную структуру милиции, которая с момента обретения страной независимости используется для подавления инакомыслия, причем нередко путем запугивания оппозиционных политиков, СМИ и гражданского общества. Однако сейчас, похоже, статус-кво начинает меняться. 

Tanzanian smallholder rice farmers often use seeds saved from past seasons to plant their fields. Since these indigenous seeds are typically recycled several times, most have reduced viability or have developed susceptibilities to disease. The reliance of farmers on weak and damaged seed results in low yields and constrains agricultural development. Access to improved seed can help solve these problems, leading to agricultural productivity and higher profits.

The first view of the Metcalfe Juvenile Remand Center, a “holding facility” for young male offenders who will be brought before the courts for criminal offenses, is not encouraging. Located in the heart of Kingston, Jamaica’s capital city, it is secured by a 50-foot-tall gate with metal facing, topped with rolled barbed wire, and at least five armed security guards circle the entrance. Inside, young boys between the ages of 12 and 17 attend to various duties.

Driton Obërtinca lost his vision at the age of 18, a challenge that has only served to embolden the ambitious young man. A third-year law student at the University of Prishtina, Obërtinca is also the chairman of the Youth Forum for Sports Affairs of Kosovo’s Association for the Blind.

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Last updated: December 12, 2014