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USAID in the News

Weekly Briefing (1/30/2012 – 2/3/2012) January 25: ClimateWire (registration required) published a story highlighting USAID’s efforts to assist Fiji design climate change plans. John Wilson, director of the office of technical services for USAID’s Middle East bureaus, said the team is working on ways to address water and food security as well as other needs brought about […]

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Afghanistan Makes Progress by Addressing Land Issues

In a December 6, 2011 story in the Asia Times, Dr. Rafiullah Bidar, the Jalalabad program manager of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, made a striking comment: “It is part of our culture that people kill each other over two issues. . . . One is for land, and the second is women.” Improving […]

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From the Field: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philip Reeker Visits Northern Kosovo

During a recent visit to Kosovo, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philip Reeker spoke in support of the process of decentralization and community engagement to improve life for everyone. Reeker told reporters in Mitrovica North that it is important that local communities determine “how your lives will be led, how your children will be raised and how the international community can […]

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Picture of the Week: Helping Newborns in Azerbaijan

Aishan weighed only 1kg when she was born. Narmina’s delivery was a special case, requiring an emergency Cesarean section. Aishan was born premature and required critical care to help her breathe and intravenous feeding to support her growth. Thanks to the quick thinking of the skilled staff at the Azerbaijan Republican Perinatal Center, both mom […]

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USAID in the News

Weekly Briefing (1/23/2012 – 1/27/2012) January 25: The Guardian wrote an article highlighting faith based organizations role in providing relief in the Horn of Africa. Zeenat Rahman, Acting Director of USAID’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, stated that, “When Christian, Muslim and Jewish NGOs work together on an issue like feeding the hungry, their […]

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USAID and Peace Corps Partner for Volunteers’ Return to Nepal

USAID joined Peace Corps this month in Washington and Kathmandu to celebrate the return of its volunteers to Nepal for the first time in seven years. In Kathmandu, Nepal’s Prime Minister, Dr. Babarum Bhattarai, said at an event at his offices that “I am very pleased with the return of the Peace Corps to Nepal. […]

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Tackling Tuberculosis in Migrant Populations

On December 19, 2011, the day after International Migrants Day, I found myself on a plane from Almaty, Kazakhstan to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, for a business trip.  I was surrounded by Tajik laborers returning home to celebrate the New Year. Other than my three colleagues and I, the seats were filled with Tajiks bearing electronics, toys, […]

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Recognizing and Tackling Disrespect and Abuse of Women in Childbirth

When I started midwifery training decades ago in the United States, in the hospital where I worked, I first saw evidence of disrespect and abuse of women in labor. Women were separated from families and visitors from admission to discharge four days later and, in the second and third stages of labor, their legs were […]

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A Triumph of Coordination: To the Last Case in India and Beyond

Ellyn Ogden has coordinated USAID’s polio eradication initiative since 1997 and is a frequent visitor to India. Western Uttar Pradesh was once seen as the world’s largest reservoir of polio virus. Four districts, namely Moradabad, Bareilly, Rampur and Badaun, were considered the ‘Hot 4’ and for many years, people speculated that the last polio cases […]

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