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USAID in the News

Weekly Briefing (3/21/2011–3/25/2011) March 22 The Sherman Oaks (CA) Patch reported that alongside a Fairfax, Virginia team, USAID dispatched 74 LA County firefighters to Japan two days after they returned from an earthquake rescue mission in New Zealand. In addition, six search and rescue dogs trained by the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation helped firefighters […]

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Making TB Personal: An Ancient Disease and the Need for Innovative Solutions

By: Christy Hanson, Chief of Infectious Disease Division, USAID When I began my career working with Tuberculosis twenty years ago, the outlook for future progress against this biblical disease looked very different than it does today.  From 1990 to 2009, the TB community has made tremendous progress—TB related deaths have declined by more than one-third, […]

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Our Common Fight – TB in Eastern Europe and Eurasia

A TB patient receives care at the Central Tuberculosis Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences in Moscow, an institute dedicated to treating Russians with MDR and XDR-TB. Photo Credit: David Grout/ USAID

Several weeks ago, I visited the Central Tuberculosis Research Institute (CTRI) of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences in Moscow. It plays a central role in Russia’s battle with tuberculosis (TB)  as the country’s top TB treatment hospital, research center, and medical training facility. Russians with the most difficult multi-drug resistant (MDR) – TB  and […]

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Youth Academy Empowers Tomorrow’s Political Leaders in Rwanda

Appeared in The National Democratic Institute By: Andrew Farrand, Program Officer, Central and West Africa, NDI While young people under 25 comprise approximately two-thirds of Rwanda’s population, historically they have lacked meaningful opportunities to engage in politics. An older elite has traditionally made the country’s political decisions, and during the 1994 genocide, political leaders mobilized […]

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Vivian’s Story—Breaking the Cycle of Poverty by Educating and Empowering Girls

Vivian O. was born in the outskirts of Kisumu, Kenya, and is said to have entered the world smiling.  Life for Vivian and others in her rural fishing village was challenging, requiring families to rely on ingenuity and perseverance in the face of little resources.  With the support of her family and her local community, […]

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A Look Ahead to World Water Week 2011

Written by Christian Holmes, USAID’s Global Water Coordinator As we enter World Water Week 2011, it is a good time to reflect on the significance of this vital resource that we often take for granted here in the United States, but is such a precious commodity in many other parts of the world. For me, […]

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Maryam’s Story—Reflections on International Women’s Day

Submitted by Meghan Feeley After the International Women of Courage Award ceremony at the U.S Department of State I had the opportunity to speak with Maryam, a special guest from Afghanistan. This is the story she shared… Maryam: As a child growing up as a refugee in Iran and Pakistan, I had seen the white […]

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A History of Health Aid

In the 1970′s, there was an international effort that sought to provide relief and development assistance to the victims of the savage drought that has brought distress to the Sub-Sahara countries of Africa. The United States, through USAID participated in a Recovery and Rehabilitation program aimed at providing the basis for social and economic development […]

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USAID in the News

Weekly Briefing (3/14/2011–3/18/2011) March 14 In a letter to the editor of The Washington Post, Deputy USAID Administrator Donald Steinberg wrote that USAID remains committed to empowering women in Afghanistan. “USAID is providing more support than at any time in our agency’s history to address the illiteracy, poor health, extreme poverty and political exclusion.” March […]

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Developing Kenya through AIDS Vaccine Research

Dr. Omu Anzala of the Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative (KAVI) during an interview for the 2007 documentary HIV/AIDS: the search for a vaccine.  The documentary originally aired as part of BBC World’s “Kill or Cure?” series. Credit: KAVI

I was very glad last month to hear Administrator Rajiv Shah describe USAID’s deep commitment to sustainable development and building country-led health systems. These principles characterize USAID’s impact in Kenya, where USAID has supported the Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative (KAVI) through our partnership with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). Here in Kenya, our people […]

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