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.
The theme for the 2013 World AIDS Day, observed on Dec. 1, was “Sharing Responsibility—Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.” USAID's work in Brazil has strengthened civil society organizations to advocate for prevention policies, programs and strategies that address the country's HIV/AIDS epidemic, and has helped to build one of the world’s most effective HIV/AIDS prevention programs.
Since its establishment in 2000, the Kosovo Judicial Institute (KJI) has become a crucial center for continuing legal education, offering regular training for judges, prosecutors and other legal professionals. The role of this institution has become particularly significant in 2013 during the re-structuring of the country’s courts and prosecution offices.
Although the organization’s duties have gradually expanded, the KJI staff continued to use outdated data collection and management computer programs, keeping them buried in paperwork and unable to meet reporting requirements.
Od svog osnivanja 2000. godine, Pravni institut Kosova (PIK) postao je ključni centar za kontinuirano pravno obrazovanje, nudeći redovnu obuku za sudije, tužioce i druge pravnike. Uloga ove institucije postala je posebno važna 2013. god. u toku restrukturiranja sudova i tužilaštava u zemlji. Iako su se dužnosti organizacije postepeno proširivale, službenici PIK nastavili su da koriste zastarele računarske programe za prikupljanje podataka i upravljanje njima, što ih je zakopalo u papirologiji i zbog čega nisu uspeli da ispune uslove podnošenja izveštaja.
Clad in a rainbow of colors and frills, the moms spill from the waiting rooms into the corridor, holding babies who are bouncing, sleeping and crying.
It’s a busy day at a clinic outside Bujumbura, Burundi. It’s the day that women can come for antenatal checkups, bring their babies and small children for vaccinations—and receive insecticide-treated mosquito nets.
When asked whether bed nets really do prevent malaria, the mothers shout a chorus of responses:
“Yes, they are important!”
“That’s one of the reasons why we came.”
“They keep us healthy.”
Since popular uprisings in Yemen in 2011, the country has been undergoing a political transition. As part of USAID’s work in Yemen to enhance local participation and democracy, the Agency has been helping the transitional government and the Yemeni people to come together to build a government responsive to citizens’ calls for reduced corruption, access to services and increased economic opportunity.
Although the Government of Yemen is a signatory to the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, those with hearing and speech disabilities still face exclusion and limited access to public services and government resources available to other members of society, including public education.
Today as Dr. AbduSamad Abu Taleb walks the halls of the Al Rawdah Hospital, he can finally smile. After 22 years as the hospital manager, he is seeing the buildings and equipment get an upgrade thanks to a USAID-funded renovation of his Sana’a-based hospital.
The Al-Rawdah Hospital, in the highly populated northern part of Yemen’s capital, was first constructed in 1967 as a dispensary. It evolved into a hospital in the 1990s. In 2005, a new building was constructed to serve as the maternity wing, but it fell short of its intended purpose.
Many rural health facilities in Peru face the challenge of providing quality maternal-child health services. However, the Lluyllucucha health micro-network in San Martin, Peru, has reason to be proud. Since January 2010, the maternal mortality rate has been zero.
The citizens of Nauta, a town in the Peruvian Amazon about two hours south of Iquitos, suffer from high rates of poverty and malnutrition and their economic opportunities are limited. Traditionally, Nauta’s women were absent from political forums.
That is, until a few years ago, when Maria Tereza Sangama, a mother and community activist, and her fellow Nautinas decided to play a greater role in addressing issues such as domestic violence, trafficking in persons, and childhood malnutrition.
Last updated: February 12, 2016