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Last updated: November 10, 2021

Above: Many women in this Indian village use traditional cookstoves to cook rotis (Indian flat bread). Some who can afford to buy electric ones cannot use them because of daily power cuts. Below: Sumangala Patil with her solar-powered roti making machine.

Patil, like most women in her village, provides financial assistance to her family by selling rotis (Indian flat bread) made from a locally grown crop called jowar. But like most households in her village, Patil’s business was regularly disrupted due to an unreliable power supply.

Elizabeth Wangui stands next to her cows in her newly built animal shelter.

As the morning sun rays hit the Subukia village in Kenya’s Nakuru County, hundreds rise and leave their homes for daily labor. Living among them is Elizabeth Wangombe Wangui, a 47-year-old dairy farmer.

Khushiya, 13, follows along as a computer program that guides her English lessons narrates a story about a tree and its leaves.

Even in a computer’s voice, the story being recited loudly over the speakers is so engrossing that 13-year-old Khushiya hasn’t bothered to blink in the last 20 seconds. In a classroom at Vejalpur Primary School in the western Indian state of Gujarat, sit about 30 students with their eyes locked on the monitor displaying the text of a story about a tree and its leaves. English is not their first language but as the computer narrates, the children repeat each word with near perfect pronunciation.

Nighat Sultan, left, has helped establish advocacy camps in Meerut.

Up until the 1990s, between 500 and 1,000 children on average were paralyzed by polio in India every day. With support from USAID, the CORE Group Polio Project began helping India to eradicate polio in 1999. The project trained community mobilization coordinators to encourage mothers and families to immunize their children against polio.

Treating India’s Tuberculosis Epidemic

USAID’s support to the Government of India’s Revised National TB Control Program has led to improvements in TB case detection and treatment success rates, and to achieving national targets in priority geographic areas. Interventions are designed to improve and scale comprehensive HIV/TB services; strengthen and accredit laboratories for diagnosis of multidrug-resistant TB; improve airborne infection control; introduce new diagnostics; and increase involvement of private providers.