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Make Every Mother and Baby Count

In early May, we witnessed a spectacular commitment to “making every mother and baby count” here in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through their Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, and in partnership with the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), convened an important series of meetings focused […]

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Zimbabwe’s Great Leap Toward Preventing HIV in Children

As featured on the Huffington Post This week, I witnessed a milestone in the fight to end HIV/AIDS in children — and it happened in Zimbabwe. Much of the news from Zimbabwe over the past decade has been around political and economic challenges, overshadowing a resounding public health success story. Zimbabwe is one of the […]

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This Week at the 65th World Health Assembly (WHA)

The 65th World Health Assembly (WHA) took place in Geneva and reflected on a decade of progress in global health, particularly in maternal and child health, uncertainty in the current economic climate, new challenges like non-communicable diseases and a sense of urgency to improve health systems. Dr. Margaret Chan was elected for a second five-year […]

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Video of the Week: Empowering Maasai Women in Tanzania

USAID is helping Maasai women in Tanzania gain literacy and numeracy skills so that they can obtain land rights, start businesses, and become involved in local government. By 2011, more than 2,000 women had completed the program. Their new communication skills allow them to conduct business activities more easily and empower them to assert their rights. For the first […]

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Reliable Family Planning Supply Chain Delivers Better Health and Prosperity to Ethiopian Families

“I started using contraceptives after I gave birth to my second child,” said Birtukan Bezabih, a 25-year-old married mother of three in southern Ethiopia. “I did not know that I was pregnant with my second child until [he] started moving inside my womb.  It was just a few months after I gave birth to my […]

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Community Mobilization

I accompanied our Mission Director on a field trip to northeastern Madagascar in January 2012, where a USAID partner, Santenet2, is implementing a mother and child health and family planning program. One of the villages that we visited was Amboanio, where poverty is rampant after the closing of a cement factory that used to provide […]

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USAID’s FrontLines – June/July 2012

Read the latest edition of USAID’s premier publication, FrontLines, to learn more about the Agency’s work on issues surrounding child survival and its portfolio of projects in Ethiopia. Some highlights: Efforts to end preventable child deaths are in their last lap and on a sure path to victory, says USAID’s top doc in the Bureau for Global Health. The […]

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Helping Women Feed the World

Close to a billion people worldwide go to bed hungry every night, and at least six out of ten are women. It’s ironic, because women in developing countries are largely responsible for feeding their children and growing the food that will feed their families. Around the world, the traditional image of a farmer is not […]

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Modeling Potential Impact on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

Throughout my career, I have witnessed the tremendous power of vaccines to prevent sickness and save lives – delivering incredible victories for humanity against diseases such as polio, smallpox and measles. These vaccines would not have been possible without the inspiration, persistence and courage of researchers, volunteers and health workers around the world. And so today, on HIV […]

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Expanding Access to Quality Education and Improved Health Care in the West Bank’s “Area C”

I recently had the opportunity to visit a construction site in Jalazone, just outside of Ramallah in the West Bank, where the U.S. Government is partnering with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), in cooperation with Palestinian and Israeli officials, to build a school that will provide a safe and vastly improved learning […]

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