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In Nicaragua, we are we are launching the Maternity House Project.  A network of maternity houses, located in rural communities, will provide pregnant women from remote areas a place to stay during the last month of pregnancy.  This will facilitate access to child delivery inside a formal health facility.  The women will also receive additional […]

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USAID @ UNGA: Thank you for Saving the Lives of Millions of Children

Submitted by Amie Batson Deputy Assistant Administrator, Global Health Today as the United Nations General Assembly begins its review of progress on fighting poverty and disease, I took part in a meeting about something great you did: You helped save the lives of more than 5.4 million children all over the world in the past […]

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USAID @ UNGA: Championing Effective Solutions to End Malnutrition in Women and Children

Submitted by Bruce Cogill Ph.D. Chief, USAID’s Nutrition Division Administrator Raj Shah joined a historic gathering of the First Ladies of Africa, who convened to declare nutrition as a critical priority for eliminating poverty. Nutrition is a top priority of both Feed the Future (FTF) and the Global Health Initiative (GHI). To reduce the growing […]

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USAID @ UNGA: Polio Eradication Efforts Spotlighted During Summit on Reaching the Millennium Development Goals

Submitted by Ellyn Ogden USAID Worldwide Polio Eradication Coordinator Today, representatives from partner countries, donors, non-governmental organizations and the private sector met on polio eradication. I represented USAID. USAID is working closely with the United Nations (U.N) and partner countries to address this outbreak. The global polio eradication effort is at a critical point in […]

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COUNTDOWN TO THE MDGS: WHO Cuts Global Annual Estimate of Maternal Deaths

Submitted by Susan K. Brems Ph.D. Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health The World Health Organization said Wednesday that fewer women are now dying each year from complications during pregnancy and childbirth.  A new report found that 358,000 women died during pregnancy or childbirth in 2008, mostly in poor countries of sub-Saharan Africa […]

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Pipeline to Prosperity: Creating Sustainable Partnerships for Minority Businesses

Submitted by Mauricio Vera Today I spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus conference on a panel entitled “Pipeline to Prosperity: Creating Sustainable Partnerships for Minority Businesses”. The event was hosted by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and the audience consisted primarily of small and minority business owners. I enjoy participating in these events to hear from the […]

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Why Security Matters in Developing Africa

Submitted by Sharon Cromer Today I had the opportunity to take part in a panel on Africa’s role in world security at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Conference. Security is a required precursor to development. You cannot attain economic growth, better health and education, and good governance without it. But while the number of armed […]

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The Congressional Black Caucus and Haiti’s Recovery

Submitted by Paul Weisenfeld, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator/LAC Today, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion on Haiti’s path to reconstruction at the 40th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference, in Washington D.C.   The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) was one of the champions that helped to push the Supplemental Request, which unlocked […]

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USAID’s Afghanistan Director to lead Egypt Mission

James A. Bever, formerly the Director of the Independent Office of Afghanistan-Pakistan Affairs for the U.S. Agency for International Development, was sworn in today as the Director of the Agency’s Mission to Egypt. “This is a key time for our mission in Egypt,” said USAID’s Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah.  “Our relationship with Egypt is an […]

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Countdown to MDG Summit: Conversations With America “The Obama Administration’s Work Toward Achieving the Millennium Development Goals”

Conversations With America Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator, USAID David Lane, President and CEO, ONE The Obama Administration’s Work Toward Achieving the Millennium Development Goals Conversations With America U.S. Department of State Moderator: PJ Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs September 16, 2010 On Thursday, September 16, 2010, David Lane, President and CEO of […]

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