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Archives for 2014

The Intersection of HIV/AIDS and Gender-Based Violence: A Critical Connection

A mother plays with her child while waiting for services at Jose Maria Cabral y Baez Hospital in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Health workers and supervisors from this hospital participated in a workshop and supportive site supervision system designed and delivered by the Directorate of STI/HIV/AIDS (DIGECITSS), the health services network (REDES), and CapacityPlus to improve the quality of services to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis. / Wendy Tactuk, courtesy of CapacityPlus and IntraHealth International

This week we mark World AIDS Day. Appropriately, it occurs during the Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Though not always self-evident, the connection is clear.

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3 U.S. Events to Watch at U.N. Climate Talks in Lima

Crops like cacao can help forest-dependent people earn more using less land, improving livelihoods and conserving forests. / Hanz Rippe

The 2014 U.N. climate conference has kicked off in Lima, Peru, and negotiators are working hard to reach agreement on global climate targets. Tune in to three key events to show off some of the ground-breaking work U.S. Government agencies are doing on climate change.

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Nutrition’s New Frontier: The Science of Scaling Up

Implementation science in nutrition helps ensure optimal interventions reach vulnerable children at a young age, giving them adequate nutrients to grow and thrive. / Sight and Life.

We know that good nutrition improves health, saves lives and builds prosperity. We know what to do but not how to do it. There are bottlenecks to scaling up nutrition. It’s time to invest in a new kind of science—implementation science—to help tell us how to deliver nutrition interventions to everyone who needs them.

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USAID and Special Olympics: Advancing Human Dignity Worldwide through Sport

The inclusive volleyball team from Krusevac, Serbia, formed as part of the USAID/Special Olympics "Inclusion for All" project. / Special Olympics

Today is the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. USAID and Special Olympics demonstrate the power of partnering to use sport to transform lives.

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Election Access for Voters with Disabilities: The Good, the Bad and the Totally Bizarre

A voter casts her ballot in Aceh during the 2009 Indonesian legislative elections. / Suparta, IFES

USAID is supporting the development of a new module, entitled “Elections and Disability Rights” designed to train election stakeholders. Assessing gaps between international legal standards, and domestic law and practice is critical and affects developed and developing democracies alike.

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U.S. Opens New Ebola Clinic in Liberia

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Liberia is in the midst of a building boom to help control the spread of Ebola. In support of the Liberian Government’s Ebola response strategy, the United States is in the process of constructing 15 Ebola treatment units (ETUs) in this hard-hit nation.

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A New Leader for the U.S. Global Development Lab

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Ann Mei Chang’s arrival gives us the opportunity to both reflect on where the Lab has come over the past eight months, and the confidence to know that the best is yet to come.

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Key Populations Essential to Realize AIDS-Free Generation

India World AIDS Day 2008 / AFP/Narinder Nanu/Getty Images

The vision for the next phase of PEPFAR is partnering to deliver an AIDS-free generation with sustainable results. However, a sustainable response to this epidemic requires intensified action to address major ongoing challenges such as health care financing, health systems and new technologies for treatment and prevention.

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Nutrition Leaders in Uganda

Adera facilitating Village Health Team training for community mobilization and SBCC in Ntungamo

In May 2014, Kyambogo University and SPRING/Uganda signed a memorandum of understanding to continue their partnership to support the next class of nutritionists with capacity and leadership training.

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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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