Recent Site Articles
Shrinking the Malaria Map
by Retired Rear Adm. Tim Ziemer on 24th April 2015
The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) is working to eradicate malaria, a completely preventable and treatable disease. For World Malaria Day, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Adm. Ziemer talks about PMI’s successes and what still needs to be done.
Slam Dunk: Empowering African Women Through Sports
by Astou Ndiaye on 23rd April 2015
Astou Ndiaye came from humble beginnings to the world of basketball, from living with 20 siblings in her native Senegal to making a name for herself in the WNBA. In the process, she became strong, confident and dedicated--she now hopes USAID sports programs can help youth achieve the same.
5 Memorable Moments from Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day
by Ellie Van Houtte on 22nd April 2015
More than 250,000 people attended Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day last weekend in Washington, D.C. Check out memorable quotes and photos from the event to inspire action to fight climate change and poverty on the 45th anniversary of Earth Day.
Rebuilding Liberia As Ebola Cases Decline
by Clara Wagner on 20th April 2015
Liberia was hit hard by Ebola. But as the number of Ebola cases gets close to zero, new stories, signs of hope and efforts to rebuild are emerging. USAID is committed to supporting a full Liberian recovery--this is what that commitment looks like.
From Vaccinations to Vitamins: Ensuring West Africans Get Critical Care Amid Ebola Crisis
by Nic Corbett on 18th April 2015
Now that new Ebola cases are starting to decline in West Africa, USAID is focusing on re-establishing and strengthening health systems. At the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Concert today, the Agency announced that $126M will go toward this goal.
Road to Redemption: How One Liberian Hospital is Recovering from Ebola
by Carol Han on 17th April 2015
Redemption Hospital took on some of the earliest Ebola patients. When 12 health care workers became infected, the hospital was forced to shut down. USAID and the International Rescue Committee have since partnered to renovate and reopen the hospital’s emergency and pediatric wards.
Battling Ebola: How Tours into Guinea’s Hot Zone are Helping in the Fight
by Harlan Hale on 16th April 2015
Fears of organ harvesting. Belief that health care workers are actually giving Ebola rather than treating it. With rumors like these, it's no wonder why some Guineans are afraid of Ebola treatment centers. USAID is funding the French Red Cross not only to run an Ebola treatment center, but also to take a novel approach to help fight the community's fears.
Ending the ‘Neglect’ in Neglected Tropical Diseases
by Rabab Pettitt and Katherine Sanchez on 15th April 2015
USAID is committed to supporting the control and elimination of some of the most debilitating neglected tropical diseases around the world. We have the drugs we need from strategic partnerships, giving us the ability to treat millions. Now, countries must also step up and dedicate their own resources to fighting these diseases.
Working to Beat Ebola Along the Border
by Alice Urban on 15th April 2015
Many Liberian businesses were hit hard when Ebola caused the border between Liberia and Sierra Leone to close for six months. USAID and Global Communities have built screening and triage stations so that people can safely travel between the countries again.
Young Storytellers and the Power of Literacy
by Christie Vilsack on 14th April 2015
In Rwanda, a land with an oral history as rich and beautiful as the hills that roll across it, one tale is special. The story “Old Woman and a Hyena” was written by an 11-year-old boy who won a USAID-supported national writing competition.