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.

Although Tajikistan has made progress in reducing maternal deaths over the last decade, it still has a high maternal mortality rate with 32 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births. However, attitudes toward home births—often a risky situation for women in labor—are changing.

Residents of Leskovac, a city located in southern Serbia, have been involved in trade and textile production for at least two centuries. Most people once earned their income by growing and processing hemp, used for well-known, good-quality ropes. Later, during socialist times, a textile industry developed with huge, state-owned factories.

Richard Yona, 32, the first male midwife in Yambio, South Sudan, has helped mothers safely deliver countless babies over the past six years at the USAID-supported Bazungua primary health care clinic.

The fiscal sector of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has come a long way since the United States helped restructure the country’s foreign debt right after the war in 1996. But until recently, government institutions relied on outdated manual systems for filing taxes and storing records, involving mounds of paper and waiting in long, slow lines.

USAID works with youth, parents and communities to teach them how to recognize signs of radicalization and extremist messages to prevent them from ever taking root. USAID helps young people at risk of radicalization and other extremist influences to resolve conflicts and overcome obstacles in their lives.

In 2015, USAID set out to break the cycle of violence through a community engagement and resiliency program, Preventing Violent Extremism in BiH. Through this program, USAID works with young people, parents and communities to teach them how to recognize signs of radicalization and extremist messages to prevent radicalization from ever taking root. The project also helps youth resolve conflicts and overcome obstacles in their own lives.

Nhớ lại quãng thời gian trước đây khi công ty thực hiện chi trả các khoản thuế an sinh xã hội cho 17.500 nhân công, ông Đỗ Xuân Hùng – Giám đốc tài chính Công ty TNHH May Tinh Lợi (Regent Garment Co.), bồi hồi nhớ lại những ký ức nhọc nhằn.

Channeuon Kob awoke at the first light of day to fix breakfast for her family. Now that she would no longer have to smell gas fumes as she prepared breakfast, she was eager to cook. Kob recently purchased a clean cookstove to replace her butane gas cylinders as part of a new biodigester system that converts waste into fuel.

When Do Xuan Hung, finance director of the Regent Garment Co., looks back on paying social security contributions for the company’s 17,500 employees, it brings back some painful memories.


Last updated: September 28, 2016