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From Lab to Communities: Pioneering Low-Cost Approaches to Prevent Death and Treat Severe Illness

An Afghan nurse checks a crying newborn boy who was born that morning in the maternity ward of a hospital in Kabul on March 15, 2010.  Afghanistan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world with an estimated 1,800 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. The high birthrate places a heavy weight on a society where average per capita earnings are about USD700 a year. It is also a risk to mothers. Afghanistan is second only to Sierra Leone in maternal mortality rates, which run as high as 8 percent in some areas. Afghanistan has one of the world's highest fertility rates, averaging more than six babies per woman despite years of war and a severe lack of medical care. Awareness of, and access to, contraceptives remains low among many couples, with UNICEF estimating 10 percent of women use some form of birth control. Photo Credit: AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI

Today, we look at USAID’s seminal role in working to focus global attention on the issue of newborn survival. Read more >>

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Administrator Shah Speaks to Faith-Based Leaders at White House Feed the Future Event

Partnerships with faith-based and other nonprofit organizations that will help make Feed the Future a success. Read more >>

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Picture of the Week: Agricultural Boost in Vietnam

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Agricultural research helps farmers in Vietnam grow more rice and counteract the impacts of climate change on food security. Read more >>

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The “Stuff” of Democracy – USAID Supports the Southern Sudan Referendum

USAID’s attention to the details of a successful vote complements its broader activities to support peace, security, and good governance throughout Sudan. Read more >>

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Photo Essay: Riding for Health in Lesotho

A Horse Riding for Health program in Lesotho allows people to receive HIV test results sooner, access life-saving drugs, and ensure an uninterrupted supply of medication. Read more >>

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2010: A Year in Review

With 2011 on the horizon, USAID looks at back at its accomplishments in 2010. Read more >>

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In the News

USAID in the news during week of December 27, 2010. Read more >>

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Integrating Family Planning, HIV, and MNCH Services in Ethiopia and Kenya

A nurse in Meshualekia Health Center, in Addis Ababa, explains how to use the injectable contraceptive, Depo-Provera. The client will also be offered an HIV test as part of the Ministry of Health's efforts to integrate HIV and family planning services. Photo Credit:Ed Scholl, AIDSTAR-One

Programs in Kenya and Ethiopia are leading the way in integrating family planning, HIV, and maternal/neonatal and child health services. Read more >>

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Pic of the Week: Conserving Wildlife in Southern Sudan

Park rangers in southern Sudan

Supported by USAID, the Wildlife Conservation Society works to protect southern Sudan’s natural resources while creating local jobs. Read more >>

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Improving Rural Livelihoods by Empowering African Women Researchers in Agricultural Science

Dr. Anabela Manhica proudly exhbits a laptop received from the AWARD program. Photo Credit: USAID/Mozambique

Women scientists are on the cutting edge of solving Africa’s food crisis. Read more >>

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