Swaziland mother Zanele is thankful that 2-month-old son Nkosingphile was born HIV-free. Between 2004 and 2010, the USAID-supported Call to Action Project made dramatic progress in preventing new HIV infections in children in the country. Photo credit: Jon Hrusa, EPA

Read the latest edition of USAID’s FrontLines for a special issue reviewing 20 projects the Agency counts among its most successful. Start with these five:

  • Result: In 2011, U.S. efforts to promote resilience ahead of natural disasters helped prevent 7 million Ethiopians and 4 million Kenyans from needing emergency aid or becoming refugees.
  • Result: In the 1970s, immunization coverage of basic childhood vaccines was below 10 percent. Today it is estimated at around 79 percent thanks in large part to global efforts by USAID and others to bring the power of life saving vaccines to millions of the world’s poor.
  • Result: Decades ago, Brazil was facing rapid population growth and a food crisis. Today, it is the third largest agricultural producer in the world.
  • Result: Fifteen years ago USAID launched a program to make financial services available to microentrepreneurs in the Philippines. Today, these banks have disbursed over 3 million loans worth $1 billion and engaged more than 1 million new borrowers.
  • Result: Ten years ago, Afghanistan had one of the world’s worst health care systems. With U.S. Government support, the country has experienced the largest increase in life expectancy and largest decreases in maternal and child mortality of any country in the world.
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