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Building Ebola Treatment Units to Foster Hope, Healing in Liberia

Tejanie Golafaley, an Ebola survivor, saw it as his personal mission to work at the USAID-supported Ebola treatment unit in Tubmanburg. “I want to explain my story to patients [so that] they can start to take courage.” / Carol Han, USAID/OFDA

In the Bomi Hills northwest of Monrovia, in an area that used to be the region’s iron and diamond mining center, it’s hard to miss the new “precious resource” that has become critical to Liberia’s fight against Ebola. Four stark white tents gleam in the sun, the most prominent part of the new Ebola treatment unit (ETU) in Tubmanburg.

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5 Million Child Slaves, One Nobel Peace Laureate

Child worker in India. / Global March Against Child Labor

On this Universal Children’s Day (November 20), Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Sathyarthi is launching a new campaign to target some of the world’s most vulnerable and exploited children: the estimated 5.5 million child slaves around the world. Through programming to counter trafficking in persons, USAID is supporting organizations on the frontlines of tackling this problem.

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The Power of Toilets, Simple Medicines, and Strong Policies to Stop Diarrhea

Children and their families attend community health education sessions in Kampong Cham Province. Diarrheal disease is a leading infectious killer of children under five years old. PATH/Heng Chivoan

Access to toilets, safe water, vaccines, and simple interventions like oral rehydration solution (ORS) and zinc have the power to stop deadly diarrhea and save lives. But like all health innovations and interventions, toilets need more champions and complementary policies to reach their full lifesaving potential.

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Bill Berger: “There is no book on responding to this Ebola crisis… we’re writing it now.”

General Darryl Williams, Bill Berger, and U.S. Ambasador to Liberia Deborah Malac.

This is the fifth installment in our Profiles in Courage series in which photojournalist Morgana Wingard compiles snapshots and sound bites from our USAID and Disaster Assistance Response Team staff on the front lines of the Ebola response. Here she talks to the leader of USAID’s Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team, Bill Berger.

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First Look at a New Hospital for Ebola Aid Workers: 10 Photos You’ve Never Seen

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Earlier this month, USAID Administrator Raj Shah toured a new 25-bed critical care hospital being built by the U.S. Government in Harbel, Liberia to treat health care and aid workers who fall ill to Ebola. These 10 exclusive photos offer a first look into the new facility.

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Paloma and Alisha: The Information Gurus Behind the U.S. Ebola Response

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This is the fourth installment in our Profiles in Courage series in which photojournalist Morgana Wingard compiles snapshots and sound bites from our USAID and Disaster Assistance Response Team staff on the front lines of the Ebola response. Here she talks to two U.S. Government Information Officers, the team that trafficks in facts and keeps the lines of information open so that the DART team’s efforts are coordinated and efficient.

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Justin Pendarvis: “We have to demystify Ebola. It’s not a superhuman and magical thing.”

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This is the third in our Profiles in Courage series in which photojournalist Morgana Wingard compiles snapshots and sound bites from our USAID and Disaster Assistance Response Team staff on the front lines of the Ebola response. Here she and USAID’s Natalie Hawwa talk to the first man on the ground with USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team, Public Health Advisor Justin Pendarvis.

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The Fight on Ebola Continues in the Lab

Entrance to the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research -- once a testing facility for Hepatitis B, currently the national lab for diseases like Malaria, Cholera, and now, Ebola.

The Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research was established in the 1970s as a premier research facility to develop scientific breakthroughs for a variety of viral infections, including hepatitis. Now, the facility finds itself drawn into an epidemiological battle against another outbreak, this time as one of only a handful of laboratories where Ebola specimens are sent to be tested. The U.S. Government is joining forces to boost its capacity.

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The Extreme Poor Shouldn’t Have to Make Extreme Choices

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The global community is already sending important signals that partnering to eradicate extreme poverty deserves a place at the top of the development agenda. Because of the progress already being made, we sit at a unique intersection where, with the brightest minds from the entire development community, ending extreme poverty is possible. This video shows that when we create a world free from extreme poverty, we liberate people from the stark choices they should never have to make.

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United with Ukraine: Hope, Progress, and the Challenging Road Ahead

USAID Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia Paige Alexander and Head of Dopomoha Dnipra Foundation Vladislav Makarov sign a Memorandum of Understanding by which USAID will provide funds to assist an additional 200 internally displaced persons

From the resilience on display at the Dnipropetrovsk center for internally displaced persons, to the packed halls where civil society representatives work for a better Ukraine, Paige Alexander observes U.S. assistance at work and reiterates the U.S. Government’s commitment to a stable, democratic and resilient Ukraine.

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