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.

In late 2014, two liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vehicle conversion centers and gas stations opened in the Afghan capital of Kabul, offering budget-conscious motorists a way to run their cars on affordable, eco-friendly fuel.

Каzakhstan is among the world’s 27 high-burden countries for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Almost one in five new TB cases are MDR-TB, and half of all returning patients who had previously been treated for TB have since contracted MDR-TB.

Впродовж багатьох років життя Надії* було схоже на нерівний бій за виживання. Сьогодні в неї є відчуття стабільності і безпеки, які лише кілька років тому здавалися абсолютно недосяжними. 

У жовтні 2014 Сергій* вийшов із в’язниці. Та довгоочікуваний момент у його житті приховував таємну загрозу: нові турботи по відновленню життя на волі змушують багатьох звільнених забувати про своє здоров’я.

Kosovo State Prosecutor Laura Pula raised a few eyebrows when she finished a recent speech to law students with this quote from Lord of the Flies author William Golding, but she certainly had their attention.

Treating patients with HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea is complex. Those who carry the disease also carry the burden of social stigma. By the time an infected individual finally braves a visit to a clinic, they may be very sick.

On Sept. 17, 2014, nearly half a million Fijian citizens went to the polls to elect all 50 members of parliament. It marked the first national elections since a 2006 coup.

Serge Jean Baptiste, a civil engineer student and mechanical technician, established his metal works business in 2003 to fabricate iron gates and roof frames for houses. He first entered the cooking technology business by making covers for the “Bip Ti Cherie,” a small gas camping stove. He then transitioned to making kerosene stoves, and finally started to manufacture propane stoves.

For women in the southern region of Malawi, access to skilled birth attendants is exceptionally difficult. Because the Traditional Authority of Makata has a health center with no maternity wing, pregnant women must travel long distances, often on foot for as long as three hours, to reach the closest birth facility.


Last updated: February 26, 2015