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Archives for 2015

Feed the Future: Progress in the Goal of Ending Hunger

Emiliano Dominguez Gonzalez displays his recently harvested strawberries in Honduras. Feed the Future helped nearly 7 million farmers like Emiliano last year boost harvests by using new and improved technologies and agricultural practices. / USAID-ACCESO/Fintrac Inc.

As we start 2015, take a moment to learn about global hunger and consider what you can do to help end it. You can start by reading Feed the Future’s “Year in Review.”

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Invest in Health Workers to End AIDS

A nurse in the perinatology unit at the Jaime Moto Regional Hospital in Barahona attends to a newborn after receiving training in preventing mother to child transmission of HIV. The training was conducted through CapacityPlus, a USAID-funded project to strengthen the health work force in the Dominican Republic. / Wendy Tactuk, courtesy of CapacityPlus and IntraHealth International

The recent focus on Ebola in West Africa has reminded us of the need for strong and resilient health systems. USAID will continue to use innovative training models and make investments in building work forces and strengthening health systems in countries with high HIV burdens worldwide.

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“I remember it like it was yesterday. The entire city just shrunk.”

USAID’s Haiti Earthquake Disaster Assistance Response Team Leader Tim Callaghan and USAID Administrator Raj Shah during the 2010 response. / USAID.

On January 12, 2010—five years ago today—a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked Port-au-Prince and forever changed Haiti. I was struck by the tragedy and inspired by the Haitian people’s resilience. It is something I will never forget.

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Disruptive Innovations Bringing Nepal Closer to Ending Extreme Poverty

Nurses apply chlorhexidine to the umbilical cord of a newborn at Nepalganj Medical College & Teaching Hospital. USAID is helping Nepal bring the life-saving antiseptic gel to villages, communities and health centers across the country. / Thomas Cristofoletti for USAID

From antiseptic interventions for newborn babies to creative, community-based approaches to countering human trafficking, USAID/Nepal is using several innovative programs to cut extreme poverty. Learning from and scaling these types of interventions globally will be the key to meeting the next set of sustainable development goals post-2015 and ending extreme poverty worldwide.

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Saving Korto and Josephine

Four-month-old Josephine is the youngest Ebola surviver that USAID partner International Medical Corps has treated thus far in their fight against Ebola in West Africa. Here is her survival story.

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Breaking New Ground: A Different Approach to Building Ebola Clinics in Liberia

Known as the “mastermind,” Daniel Dined is the head engineer who designed the Zwedru ETU and three others for USAID in southeastern Liberia. “Working for the Liberian people, that’s my primary goal and I love doing that,” Dined said. / Carol Han, USAID

In the town of Zwedru, Liberia, an innovative new type of Ebola treatment unit is designed to tackle one of the Ebola response’s many challenges – the stifling heat.

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