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.

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.

During the 2011 political crisis in Yemen, militants seized control of the southern governorate of Abyan. Many of them set up camps in schools, particularly in the capital, Zingibar. More than 200,000 residents fled to nearby governorates as clashes between Islamic militants and security forces, government airstrikes, banditry and illegal checkpoints made Abyan a no man’s land.

It was a tough competition of nearly 400 exhibitors at the Ambienta 2012 trade fair in Zagreb, Croatia. And a firm from Brčko, Bosnia and Herzegovina—Rattan Sedia Co.—won the prestigious “Mobil Optimum 2012” Golden Plaque and Diploma award for the design and quality of products from its OPLETTI furniture collection.

مع تصاعد وتيرة الأزمة السورية يتصاعد باستمرار عدد الأفراد الذين أصبحوا بحاجة للمساعدات الإنسانية إلى 3.9 مليون، أي ما يعادل أكثر من 04 بالمائة من إجمالي نسبة سكان سوريا. ومع الإقبال السريع لفصل الشتاء أصبحت هذه الأرقام المذهلة تعكس ضرورة أهمية تهيئة السوريين لاستقبال الشتاء المقبل.


Last updated: January 04, 2016