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Community-based Approach Prevents HIV in Children and Keeps HIV+ Mothers Healthy in Bondo, Kenya

Beatrice, holding Gabriel, and Grace, with baby Mary, listen as CHW Jane Akoth (right)  counsels them on their health choices. Photo Credit: USAID

In Africa, HIV and AIDS affects women and mothers at a greater rate than men, creating a heavy disease burden among families. When parents die of the disease, children are left orphaned or given to the care of relatives who may not have the means to raise them. Pregnant and breastfeeding women who are infected with HIV also run the risk of transmitting the disease to their children.

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Women’s Involvement in Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention

Kawango Agot works to scale up voluntary medical male circumcision in Kenya. Photo Credit: USAID

It’s that time of the year when the world takes a moment to take stock of women who have made history fighting to improve the health and well-being of fellow women. Women achievers stand up to be counted and are celebrated. I salute them all, but this year I would like to shift the focus to the unknown, unsung heroines — and call on many more to come forth and follow their footsteps.

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USAID Launches its First Global Water Strategy

Access to safe & clean water saves lives & is vital to a productive future for every man, woman, & child. Photo Credit: USAID

This week, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, along with Senator Richard Durbin, Senator Chris Coons, Representative Earl Blumenauer and Representative Ted Poe, launched the first USAID global water strategy in the Agency’s history.

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Sarah Mendelson Featured on #AskUSAID Expert Hour Series on Twitter

Sarah Mendelson serves as deputy assistant administrator for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance

On March 22, Sarah Mendelson, USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, participated in our #AskUSAID Twitter Expert Hour Chat on the topic of human trafficking. Read more >>

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The Growing Movement to End Preventable Child Deaths

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Yesterday at an event hosted by AEI and the Center for American Progress, USAID Administrator Raj Shah spoke about President Obama’s vision to end extreme poverty through innovation and partnership.

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Photo of the Week: Celebrating World Water Day

This week, USAID celebrates World Water Day. Read more >>

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Video of the Week: Celebrating World Water Day 2013 in Senegal

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A USAID-funded dike in Senegal’s Boli Valley has extended the rice growing season to nine months a year, and permitted recovery of hundreds of hectares of land for cultivation to help ensure food security in the region. Read more >>

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Photo of the Week: Helping Youth in El Salvador

Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean Mark Feierstein with youth in El Salvador. Photo Credit: Juan Quintero, U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section

USAID Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean Mark Feierstein joins youth from San Martin in sports activities organized in their municipalities as part of their crime prevention projects. Read more >>

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Video of the Week: Empowering Women in Haiti

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with partner Heartland Alliance International has been strengthening the leadership of grassroots women in Haiti to engage in and advocate for redevelopment with the vision of a country where women participate in home, public and economic life free from the threat of harassment and violence. Over the […]

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Video of the Week: Women Mobile Phone Users in Indonesia

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Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with partners Qtel Group and AusAID, announced the winners of the GSMA mWomen Design Challenge, which aims to redefine the smartphone user experience for resource-poor women in emerging markets. The GSMA mWomen Design Challenge was created to simplify the smartphone user interface to help overcome reading and technical literacy […]

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