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From the Field: Developing Kenya’s Leaders

At the end of May in Garissa, Kenya, 2,000 energetic youth gathered to celebrate their role as change agents in their communities. They came a long way since 2008, when high unemployment and frustration fueled some of the worst post-election violence in Kenya’s history. For three years, USAID has invested in developing the leadership skills […]

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Youth Call to Action

“We have to develop today the leaders for tomorrow,” said President Jahjaga of Kosovo during the USAID Frontiers In Development forum opening plenary entitled Development, Democracy, and Global Security in the 21stCentury. This statement resonated with the delegation of young people from across the globe participating in the event. These students comprised young African innovators, […]

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Saving Mothers & Children: The Importance of Providing a Continuum of Care

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) brought needed and increased attention to child survival.  Globally, significant progress has been made in reducing child mortality.  The number of under-five deaths declined from 9.6 million in 2000 to 7.6 million in 2010. Under-five mortality fell from 73 per thousand in 1990 to 57 per thousand in 2010. On […]

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Faith Communities: The Untapped Resource for Development

Kay Warren is an evangelical leader, author, and founder of the HIV/AIDS Initiative at Saddleback Church. Elizabeth Styffe is the Director of Global Orphan Care Initiatives of the PEACE Plan at Saddleback Church. Gil Odendaal is the Global Director for the HIV/AIDS initiative at Saddleback Church. Below is an excerpt from their contribution to the Frontiers […]

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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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