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 significant progress has been made on tuberculosis (TB) detection and treatment in Uzbekistan in recent years, TB incidence is estimated at 128 per 100,000 people a year—the fifth highest in the European region. In addition, 2010 World Health Organization (WHO) estimates show that case detection remains low at 48 percent compared with the organization’s recommended level of 70 percent.

Dairy farmers are still struggling to get back on their feet after the record rains, floods and landslides that devastated Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in May 2014. The floodwaters receded months ago, but the road to recovery will be difficult and long. Fortunately, the farmers won’t have to walk it alone.

Access to finance is a constant challenge for Kosovo’s small farming businesses, with profits from a low sales year often drying up before they can be put to use in growing the following year’s bumper crop. To address this, USAID recently partnered with TEB Bank to unveil the Agricard—a credit card specifically designed to increase cash flow for farmers before the spring growing season.

Purportedly, one can tell a lot about people by the way they talk about their deeds, if they are reluctant to put themselves in the spotlight. Such are the brave rafters from the Kanjon Rafting Club of Banja Luka, who were among the first to put their lives and skills in service to rescue victims of the devastating floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in May 2014.

The year 2014 will always be remembered in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH): It was the year when deadly floods and landslides destroyed everything in their path. Houses, schools, hospitals, businesses, farms and crops were devastated. Damages are in the billions of dollars. Recovery will be long and hard. 

For Y Nguyet, during the rainy season in Vietnam, just going to and from school was a fearful experience. Without knowing how to swim, she had to pass through treacherous, fast-flowing streams, which have been known to sweep people away.

Each summer, as typhoons and tropical depressions hit Vietnam’s city of Danang, the Lighthouse Corp. braced for strong winds, heavy rains and floods, hoping direct damage to its warehouse, factory, office and construction materials would be minimal. Unfortunately, many times the construction company was not spared from collapsed windows, doors and walls, damaged goods and products, and an interrupted supply of materials as damage was repaired.

Mỗi khi mùa hè đến, khi những cơn bão và các đợt áp thấp nhiệt đới đổ bộ vào thành phố Đà Nẵng, Công ty Ngọn Hải Đăng lại chuẩn bị tinh thần đối phó với những cơn gió mạnh, mưa lớn và ngập lụt với hi vọng giảm thiểu thiệt hại trực tiếp tới nhà kho, công xưởng, văn phòng và vật liệu xây dựng. Thật không may, đã nhiều lần công ty xây dựng này phải chịu cảnh sập tường, đổ cửa ra vào và cửa sổ, hàng hóa và sản phẩm bị hư hỏng, nguồn cung cấp vật liệu bị gián đoạn trong quá trình phục hồi thiệt hại.

Với Y Nguyệt, một bé gái 11 tuổi người dân tộc Bhana đang sinh sống tại Kon Tum, cứ mỗi khi mùa mưa Tây Nguyên về thì việc đến trường và về nhà sau mỗi buổi học là một quãng thời gian đáng sợ. Dù không biết bơi, em vẫn phải băng qua những con suối chảy siết, nguy hiểm, nơi đã từng có người bị nước cuốn trôi.

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Last updated: June 19, 2015