Transforming Lives


Sirichai* is a construction worker who lives with his wife in Thailand’s Rayong province. In 2013, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) and has undergone multiple courses of treatment since then. At the age of 50, he learned that he had severely drug-resistant tuberculosis, and doctors recommended an operation to remove part of his lung.

With 155 Million Views, USAID and IOM X Domestic Work Video Hits Home

Good advice from Facebook user Pearlena, and just one of 55,000 comments on the Open Doors: Singapore video drama that follows the story of Lisa, a young Filipina domestic worker, as she begins working for a Singaporean family and taking care of their daughter, June. She’s traveled thousands of miles for this job, but Lisa soon realizes it isn’t what she signed up for.

Earth Engine Drives Environmental Management in Vietnam

Vietnam, like other countries in the Mekong region of Southeast Asia, is confronted with water-related challenges. Flooding in the rainy season and drought in the dry season leave millions vulnerable. Rapid urbanization and population growth put increasing pressure on the environment.

Embracing Innovative Technology in Agriculture

Fish farmer turned entrepreneur, Gibran Huzaifah, 26, strives every day to transform the aquaculture sector with the power of technology. Huzaifah developed a “smart” fish feeder that can detect when fish are hungry and automatically dispenses feed accordingly. Feed represents approximately 80 percent of fish production costs, and Huzaifah says his fish feeder can reduce feed usage by up to 20 percent.

Helping Young Women Gain Opportunities in Technology in the Lower Mekong

January 2017—My Bach, a biotechnology undergraduate student in Hanoi, is passionate about pursuing a career in science, but concerned about the low number of female colleagues in the field in Southeast Asia.


Last updated: February 28, 2018

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