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.

Suad Beslic has returned from Germany to his home country of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to start a local company that manufactures fire trucks for export to Germany and other global markets. With his return, he has brought back hope for young people in the small Bosnian town of Zivinice.

USAID HEMAYAT project training on Prevention, Detection and Management of Post-Partum Hemorrhage helped Midwife Sabera to successfully manage Guljamal's condition.

USAID-supported “Passage to Prosperity: India-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Show” in New Delhi brought together more than 1000 representatives from Afghan and Indian companies to forge new business connections and discuss potential investment opportunities.

The USAID Initiative for Hygiene, Sanitation and Nutrition (IHSAN) project through its community-based growth monitoring and nutrition counseling helped Mrs. Sanawbar, a busy mother of six children, to learn the importance of feeding family with all types of foods available in her village.

The USAID Promote Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) program helped Parwana with the skills she needed to become an entrepreneur.

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.

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.

Somaliland’s National Election Commission (NEC) succeeded in opening all 1,642 polling stations on time, and despite long morning lines of voters eager to cast their ballot, the polls closed punctually and peacefully.

With four lively kids, Ihunwo wasn’t too worried when 7-year-old Winner fell while playing at their home in the Obio Akpor local governance area of Rivers state, Nigeria. Winner later developed a lump on her back and, although it looked strange, it didn’t initially hurt much, so Ihunwo dismissed it as “just a bump.”

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Last updated: September 28, 2016