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Photo Essay: Community Volunteers Help Women Suffering from Fistula in Guinea

The average Guinean woman will have six children during her lifetime, but due to the lack of obstetric care, many develop fistula, a painful injury that is especially traumatic due to the stigma associated with it. During obstructed labor, a baby’s head may be pressed against his mother’s pelvic bone, cutting off circulation to tissue […]

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Contraceptive Technologies Offer New Options

It is well-documented that contraception has multiple individual, national and global health and development benefits, including reductions in maternal and child mortality and maternal to child transmission of HIV, and increased opportunities for women in the workforce and global economy.  World Contraception Day, commemorated every year on September 26, highlights the growing need for improved […]

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Combating Stereotypes: Lessons from the Aloun Farms Human Trafficking Case

This is a guest blog from Wayne C. Tanaka, Esq, Legal Consultant at the Pacific Survivor Center and Dr. Nicole Littenberg, Medical Director at the Pacific Survivor Center. Views are not of USAID. As global awareness about human trafficking grows, haunting images start to emerge in anti-trafficking campaign ads, documentaries, websites, and popular media portrayals.  […]

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All Hands on Open Data: Mapping the Famine

USAID is starting to take a new approach to the data we release – from the types of data we release to the public, to the ways we actually release it. On Monday we launched a new campaign to raise awareness about the crisis in the Horn of Africa and, with it, released a set […]

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UK and US working ever closer together to reduce global poverty

In the run up to 2015, the British Government and the US are working with developing countries, the business world and public organisations to inspire action as we strive to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). To this end, we kicked off in New York this week with the first ever MDG Countdown event, highlighting […]

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Because No Mother Should Die Giving Life; Every Child Deserves a Healthy Start

Last night, the Saving Lives at Birth partnership announced three award nominations for transition-to-scale grants that have the potential to save the lives of mothers and newborns in rural areas of the developing world at the time of birth. We couldn’t be more excited about the announcement. The award nominees – a mobile technology initiative […]

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Scaling Up Nutrition: Supporting country-led efforts to promote healthier lives

Back in June, I posted here about the negative impacts of global undernutrition as my colleagues and I prepared for Feed the Future’s agriculture and food security Research Forum in Washington, D.C. This week, as I attend two meetings for the international Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement during U.N. General Assembly week in New York, […]

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Horn of Africa Update

Each week USAID produces a fact sheet with updates on the drought in the Horn of Africa.  These fact sheets provide background information about the crisis, key recent developments, data on U.S. humanitarian assistance to the region, and public donation information. We’ll now be featuring the key developments of the week on our blog as well.   […]

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Meeting Global Water Needs: Challenges and Solutions

I spoke today at the International Water Forum held at the United Nations. The Forum  was organized by the Energy and Waer Institute of New York and The Chronicles Group in cooperation with The World Water Organization (WWO),  and WaterAid America. The International Water Forum at the United Nations convened policy makers, academics, non-governmental organizations, […]

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50 Years of Stabilizing Countries and Supporting National Security

This week, we’re highlighting how in volatile regions, USAID works side-by-side with the military, playing a critical role in our nation’s effort to stabilize countries, and build responsive local governance. Development efforts can also prevent conflict from occurring and future military involvement by helping countries become more stable, prosperous and less prone to violent extremism. […]

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