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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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Children in Kosovo Learn About the Judicial System Through Coloring Books

Submitted by Xheraldina Cernobregu, USAID/Kosovo Children in Kosovo are now Learning About Justice thanks to over 17,000 coloring books that have been distributed to primary schools in rural and urban Kosovo since the project’s launch in June 2010. The coloring books, published with USAID support, have been in high demand throughout the country. “Learning About […]

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Women’s Month Profile: Improving Health Care in Afghanistan

Submitted by Sally Cooper, Communications and Knowledge Exchange Officer at USAID Tech-Serve Dr. Zareena sits quietly at her desk in the corner of a large office, her attention focused on the files open on the laptop screen in front of her. “We are very busy here today,” she said, adding with a smile, “actually we […]

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From the Field

In Nepal, to commemorate International Women’s Day, thousands of Nepalese women marched the streets to promote women as international leaders.  Check out the video here. In Jamaica, we will begin activities to highlight the dissemination of the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) Democracy Survey. In Madagascar, we will sign a three-year agreement with Catholic […]

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USAID@50 – International Women’s Day

By: Abby Sugrue and Laura Rodriguez, USAID We were rummaging through historic USAID materials in the basement of the Ronald Reagan Building and found this photo of a young nurse and a baby. We couldn’t find a project name, date, title, or country – just “USAID” scrawled in pencil on the back. Still, the image […]

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Laying the Foundation for a New Network of Water Centers of Excellence in the Middle East and North Africa

Imagine a water- and food-secure Middle East and North Africa. A region with a reliable supply of water, where no child dies of a water-borne illness, where the hungry are fed, and where no wars are fought over water.

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Calling All Probem Solvers: Help Make Birth Safe

This blog is cross posted from the OSTP blog. The birth of a child is a momentous event anywhere in the world.  In many countries, though, the occasion is not just one of joy, but one of fear – fear for the life of the mother and the newborn baby.  The time between when a […]

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USAID Partner Hosts Scientific Writing Program for African AIDS Researchers

During his fellowship from September 2010 to March 2011, Mr. Randy Kaja, a Pfizer Global Health Fellow based at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) Regional Office in Kenya, has been coaching IAVI-partner scientists to develop and publish scientific articles from their research results. This effort is a part of the ongoing training and support […]

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Women Shouldn’t Have to Be Sneaky to Get the Family Planning They Want

Yes, I said it. But it’s not my word. I’m just the messenger, relating to you what I heard: sneaky. According to health care providers I interviewed recently in Western Province, Kenya, sneaking is exactly what women feel they need to do if they want to avoid or postpone pregnancy. Their male partners, for the […]

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Inspired and Humbled by Nepal’s Female Health Workers in the Rural Villages of Salyan

Female Community Health Volunteers of Marke District, Nepal, work to enhance health awareness, improve health standards, and save lives throughout their communities by utilizing the training they've received through the USAID-supported Nepal Family Health Program. Photo Credit: Margy Bailey/USAID

After a one-hour prop plane ride from Kathmandu, followed by an 11-hour rocky drive through the stunning hills and valleys of Mid-Western Nepal’s upper hilly region, our team reached Salyan District’s remote and rural villages. We were there to video the successes of the USAID-supported, 50,000-strong Female Community Health Volunteer project.  Working in every district […]

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