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.

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.”

At 11 years old, Mafoune Dembele is a bright and confident sixth grader in Bamako, Mali. Because she suffers from a visual impairment, she used to stay late at school to finish her work because she was slow in writing, much slower than the other students.

February 2018—In a small, rural community in the San Marcos department of northwestern Guatemala, Rosita Juárez has learned how to perform plant surgery. With steady hands, she grafts a coffee plant root with the stem of a different variety that is less susceptible to diseases. The result is a productive, disease-resistant coffee seedling that will flourish in the region’s fertile, volcanic soil.

Донедавна близько половини тих українців, які потребували медичних препаратів для лікування тих чи інших хвороб, змушені були відкладати це лікування або відмовлятися від нього, бо ціна рецептурних ліків була для них зависокою. Конституція України гарантує громадянам безкоштовні медичні послуги, але це не включає вартості медикаментів, тож більшість українців мають платити за них із власної кишені.

Dragana Stojinić lives in a little village near Prijedor in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). To get to her house you have to walk or drive for miles down a long, unpaved country road. But this is hardly unusual. She is not the only woman living in the countryside of BiH.

Wanday Bangura’s stall in a bustling market in the Bombali district of northern Sierra Leone is full of shoes, jewelry, scarves and other products displayed for sale. Her small enterprise is flourishing.
“We have money to eat … and buy market items to sell. So we tell God thanks,” she explained.

Cuộc sống của chị Phạm Ngọc Yến, một phụ nữ sinh sống tại Vĩnh Long, khá khó khăn. Chồng chị thu nhập không được bao nhiêu và cả gia đình chị phải chật vật để trang trải cuộc sống, đặc biệt là sau khi chị sinh mổ cháu thứ ba khiến gia đình phải chi tiêu hết số tiền dành dụm được. Để kiếm thêm thu nhập, chỉ vài tháng sau sinh chị đã phải quay lại làm may vá và bán các vật liệu thủ công.

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Last updated: April 05, 2018