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Podcast of the Week: Changing the World One Property Right at a Time

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Land tenure, or helping people in developing countries establish clear rights to their property, is a little-known issue that is nonetheless essential to the global fight on poverty. This podcast, based on an interview with USAID’s land tenure division chief Gregory Myers, explains the issue and how the U.S. Government is helping secure property rights around the globe.

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Video of the Week: Yaajeende Conservation Agriculture in Senegal

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BioReclam is a major activity being conducted with vulnerable women to provide them with access to land for producing food and earning income during the rainy season.

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The injection advantage: Reaching more women with an effective and convenient family planning method

Small, light, and easy to use, Sayana Press is well-suited for community health workers. Credit: PATH/Patrick McKern

The women are about 25 to 30 years old. They’re married with two, or as many as nine, children. They’re tired. They may have miscarried, more than once. They want a break.

This is how community health workers in Senegal describe the women who visit village health huts for family planning. “Some are educated and some are not,” one health worker said, “but they are smart. They worry about the health consequences of multiple pregnancies.”

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Primary Education in Kenya: A Focus on Quality and Learning

If you close your eyes and listen to children playing in the schoolyard, it could be any elementary school in the world, but this is Ithange Primary School two hours east of Nairobi, Kenya, off the main highway down a red dirt road partly washed away by recent rains.

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PEPFAR: Ten Years of Saving Millions of Lives

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is in its 10th year of helping HIV and AIDS-infected and -affected populations get access to prevention, care and treatment services. PEPFAR, the largest effort by any nation to combat a single disease, is working to achieve former Secretary of State Clinton’s vision of creating an AIDS-free generation.  Photo Credit: USAID

Ten years ago today, the United States Congress, in a remarkable display of compassion and bipartisanship, passed overwhelmingly legislation that established an historic and transforming global health program now known as PEPFAR — the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

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How the Future of Women & Girls is Tied to Water

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Almost 800 million people in the world today lack access to clean water. Africa and the Middle East are the most water scarce regions in the world. Three hundred million people in Sub-Saharan Africa live in water-scarce environments and every year the number of people under water stress grows larger and larger.

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Task Shifting to End Preventable Maternal/Child Death in Kenya and Zambia

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The American College of Nurse-Midwives’ (ACNM) Department of Global Outreach is embarking upon a collaborative project with the Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) program at Columbia University and the Chainama College of Health Sciences in Lusaka, Zambia to review, identify, and understand the regulatory, educational, and health systems support that Ministries of Health must put into place to accomplish task sharing and task shifting in health facilities.

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USAID in the News

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In its “The Caucus” blog, the New York Times reports, “One of the world’s largest food companies offered its support on Wednesday for changes to the way the United States provides food aid to developing countries.”

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Youth Win in Central America

Through the A Ganar program, USAID targets at-risk youth like Eddie in fifteen countries across Latin America and the Caribbean, using soccer as a powerful motivator and tool to teach young people important values like respect and responsibility, as well as other vital skills that will help them achieve success as they enter the workforce, pursue their education further, or start their own business.

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13 Year Old Innovator Invents Device to Save People in Rural Africa

During the famine, hundreds of children who were too weak to walk were left by the roadside to die when their parents could no longer carry them on the long trek to a refugee center. Parents were forced to decide which children lived, and which were left behind.

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