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.

April 2014—The Ghori and the Qashqa, two sub-tribes of the Taimani Ha tribe in the Chaghcharan district of Afghanistan’s Ghor province, have been in violent conflict since 1984. The conflict began with the murders of prominent leaders from both sides, and an ongoing cycle of violent retaliations has led to countless more deaths, injuries and displacements of district residents.

While there have been sporadic calls for calm and lulls in the violence, the two sides could never manage to end the bloodletting and bring the conflict to a peaceful conclusion.

Komisije za rodnu ravnopravnost su zvanična tela Vlade čiji je zadatak da osiguraju da prava žena budu poštovana.  Komisije edukuju lokalne vlasti o potrebi kreiranja rodno osetljivih politika kako bi bili sprovedeni u delo važni elementi Nacionalne strategije za rodnu ravnopravnost, usvojene u februaru 2009. godine.

Troubled by the lack of opportunity for women to participate in sports activities and concerned about potential health risks to young women not engaged in athletics, the Gender Equality Commission in Topola, Serbia, recently sprang into action. Gender Equality Commissions (GECs) are formal government bodies tasked with ensuring that women’s rights are protected. They educate local officials about the need for gender-sensitive policymaking in order to implement important elements of the National Strategy on Gender Equality, which was adopted in February 2009.

April 2014—Some health facilities are abuzz with health workers attending to patients at every corner. But, the Kyaango dispensary in rural Kitui County, Kenya, has only one health worker.

Lenah Gatwiri is the village’s only registered community health nurse, serving more than 6,000 people. Since her first day at work in 2011, Gatwiri has committed to ensuring the community has access to much-needed health care.

April 2014When Abdirahman Abdullahi Omar embarked on a youth leadership training program in Kenya, little did he know it would help prepare him for a seat in the Garissa County Assembly.

Although NGOs in Kazakhstan have done much to address injustices against persons living with HIV, high levels of social stigma and institutional discrimination persist. 

Вместе с экономическим развитием в Казахстане так же  развивается и гражданское общество, в частности организации, деятельность которых направлена на улучшение жизни людей, живущих с ВИЧ. ВИЧ является пандемией всего мира, и, чтобы предотвратить его распространение и помочь инфицированным, необходимо приложение усилий правительств всех стран.

Несмотря на то, что многое уже было сделано неправительственными организациями для искоренения стигмы и дискриминации в отношении людей, живущих с ВИЧ (ЛЖВ), высокий уровень социальной и институциональной дискриминации в Казахстане все же сохраняется.

As Kazakhstan continues to develop economically, it also continues to develop its civil society sector, particularly, organizations focused on improving the lives of those living with HIV. HIV is a worldwide pandemic, and it will take the effort of every country’s government, working with civil society and health-care institutions, to prevent its spread and to assist those infected.

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Last updated: January 14, 2015