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Archives for 2014

The Economic Case for LGBT Equality Worldwide

Dr. Claire Lucas, USAID’s senior adviser on partnerships, addresses the audience at the launch of the joint Williams Institute-USAID report on LGBT inclusion and economic development. Seated, left to right: Carla Koppell, chief strategy officer, USAID; M.V. Lee Badgett, report author and research director, Williams Institute; and Brad Sears, executive director, Williams Institute. Photo credit: Matthew Corso/USAID

It has long been suspected that LGBT discrimination stifles innovation, curbs economic growth and locks people into the devastating cycle of extreme poverty. A new report proves it.

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Building Ebola Treatment Units to Foster Hope, Healing in Liberia

Tejanie Golafaley, an Ebola survivor, saw it as his personal mission to work at the USAID-supported Ebola treatment unit in Tubmanburg. “I want to explain my story to patients [so that] they can start to take courage.” / Carol Han, USAID/OFDA

In the Bomi Hills northwest of Monrovia, in an area that used to be the region’s iron and diamond mining center, it’s hard to miss the new “precious resource” that has become critical to Liberia’s fight against Ebola. Four stark white tents gleam in the sun, the most prominent part of the new Ebola treatment […]

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5 Million Child Slaves, One Nobel Peace Laureate

Child worker in India. / Global March Against Child Labor

On this Universal Children’s Day (November 20), Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Sathyarthi is launching a new campaign to target some of the world’s most vulnerable and exploited children: the estimated 5.5 million child slaves around the world. There is much to be done, and USAID is part of the solution. Through programming to counter trafficking in persons, USAID is supporting organizations on the frontlines of tackling this problem.

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The Power of Toilets, Simple Medicines, and Strong Policies to Stop Diarrhea

Children and their families attend community health education sessions in Kampong Cham Province. Diarrheal disease is a leading infectious killer of children under five years old. PATH/Heng Chivoan

Access to toilets, safe water, vaccines, and simple interventions like oral rehydration solution (ORS) and zinc have the power to stop deadly diarrhea and save lives. But like all health innovations and interventions, toilets need more champions and complementary policies to reach their full lifesaving potential.

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One Year Later—the Road to Resilience After Typhoon Haiyan

The United States is providing more than $47 million in humanitarian aid to help the people of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. This photo was taken in hard-hit Tacloban, Nov. 18, 2013. At least 200,000 people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippine city of Tacloban and six surrounding districts are now receiving clean water for cooking and drinking, as the first water treatment plant came back to full operating capacity / IOM/J. Lowry

USAID is taking the lessons learned from Haiyan, and scaling up the best solutions for building resilience, especially in areas of recurring shocks. USAID launched the Global Resilience Partnership, to catalyze locally driven, high-impact solutions to resilience challenges. Do you have innovative ideas for building resilience?

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Recapturing Growth in Ebola-Stricken West Africa

With funding and support from USAID, construction crews work quickly to build a new Ebola treatment unit in Monrovia, Liberia, in front of the former Ministry of Defense building, Oct. 1, 2014

USAID is working with reformers highlighted in World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2015 to partner with West African governments to tackle the economic challenges caused by the Ebola epidemic.

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“Being LGBT” in Asia

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USAID’s “Being LGBT in Asia” initiative has just released its eighth series of comprehensive country reports. They examine the LGBT experience across Asia, highlighting the various stages of social acceptance, tolerance and challenges that LGBT people experience across the continent.

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You Can’t Save Lives if you Don’t Fight Pneumonia

MCHIP immunization work in India.

Achieving Millennium Development Goal 4 – to reduce child mortality by two-thirds by 2015 – will not be realized without better addressing pneumonia, the leading killer in children under 5.

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Assistance Supports Dignity for Syrian Refugees, Markets for Jordan

Ambassador Lane observes the process of registering refugees to enable them to receive food vouchers

Despite a strong desire to help, Jordanians are understandably concerned about the resources required to support their needs.

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Moldova at a Crossroad

USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Jonathan Katz (left) shakes hands with Iurie Ciocan, the head of Moldova’s Central Election Committee.

USAID is committed to supporting Moldova’s EU integration path in the face of ongoing pressure.

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