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All in Good Faith: Partnering with Malawian Ministries for Maternal Health

Chimwemwe (“Joy” in the local Chichewa language), a community health worker in Malawi, meets with an HIV-positive pregnant woman at her home in Lilongwe through the USAID-funded Tingathe program, which works closely with the Ministry of Health. / Chris Cox, Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation.

A partnership between USAID and the Christian Health Association of Malawi has enabled more than 200 students to train to become nurses, midwives and technicians, improving health outcomes for women and their babies in the process.

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Unprecedented Coordination Helped Turn the Tide of an Unprecedented Outbreak

Because of our work in Liberia and other affected countries, local health systems are increasingly poised to maintain control and prevent future large-scale outbreaks themselves. / Morgana Wingard/USAID

The Ebola outbreak was unprecedented. Organizations from around the world worked together on an unprecedented scale to turn the tide against the deadly disease.

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From the Household Hearth to Global Health: Creating a Healthier Planet Starts with a Cookstove

ESILALEI, TANZANIA - FEBRUARY 4, 2014:  Through the creation of solar powered micro-grids, Maasai of the Moduli district in northern Tanzania are receiving power in their mud huts inside their bomas (corralled community). The solar power is providing life-saving water purification, a shared refrigerator for food and medicines, a computer for the community, and lights for the cow and goat corrals to frighten away the hyenas. The International Collaborative for Science, Education and the Environment (ICSEE) also manufactures and distributes a chimney stove for Maasai homes designed collaboratively with Maasai women and installed by teams of women from each participating village to reduce the intake of smoke and carbon dioxide when cooking over traditional fires inside the home.  Footage by Morgana Wingard

USAID initiatives to expand the use of clean cookstoves help reduce household air pollution and promote health for some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Global health and climate change are highly interconnected, and global health considerations deserve a place at the COP21 climate conference in Paris.

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Q&A: The Legacy of West Africa’s Ebola Crisis

USAID’s Senior Ebola Coordinator Denise Rollins (right), Mission Director John Mark Winfield (second from right) and Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs staffer Kate Alexander listen as a staff member of DuPort Road Clinic in Paynesville, Liberia speaks to them. / Jonta Williams, USAID

In this Q&A series, we interview Denise Rollins, senior coordinator of USAID’s Africa Ebola Unit, who liaises with other U.S. Government agencies to help West African countries strengthen their ability to respond to future disasters.

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Empowering Youth: Expanding Access to Reproductive Health

Youth face unique economic and social barriers to receiving family planning services, limiting their ability to make healthy choices about their reproductive health. USAID is committed to making youth’s aspirations a reality by expanding access to these services. / Neil Brandvold, USAID

Advancing youth’s access and understanding of family planning is not a “be all and end all” solution to poverty, inequity and poor health, but it’s critical to ensuring that all young people are able to lead healthy, dignified and fulfilling lives.

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On the Job at USAID: Meeting An Amazing Global Health Hero

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On July 28, in Chennai, India, the world that fights HIV lost a true hero. It was an honor to have met Dr. Suniti Solomon, a pioneer in HIV and AIDS work. How lucky we are to be with people who really do make the world a better place. Now, we must carry on the legacy.

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Q&A: What A Year Without Polio in Nigeria Means

A health worker administers a polio vaccine to a girl in Nigeria. / Courtesy of TSCHIP

July 24 marked one year since the last reported case of wild polio in Nigeria. This is a significant milestone for the largest country by population in Africa and, historically, a major reservoir of the virus.

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Q&A: How Changing Behaviors is Helping Stop Ebola’s Spread in West Africa

Ebola survivors in Liberia leave their handprints on a wall of the Bong County Ebola Treatment Unit - the facility that saved their lives. / Adam Parr, USAID

Kama Garrison works on communications strategies to change the behaviors of people in West Africa that contribute to the spread of the Ebola virus.

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Shrinking the Malaria Map

The President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) Africa Indoor Residual Spraying Project protects millions of people in Africa from malaria by spraying insecticide on walls and ceilings to kill mosquitoes that transmit the disease. With PMI’s support, more than 18 million in Africa people have been protected through indoor residual spraying. / Jessica Scranton

The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) is working to eradicate malaria, a completely preventable and treatable disease. For World Malaria Day, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Adm. Ziemer talks about PMI’s successes and what still needs to be done.

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From Vaccinations to Vitamins: Ensuring West Africans Get Critical Care Amid Ebola Crisis

A little girl prepares to get her final round of adolescent shots at the Star of the Sea clinic in Monrovia, Liberia. / Adam Parr, USAID

Now that new Ebola cases are starting to decline in West Africa, USAID is focusing on re-establishing and strengthening health systems. At the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Concert today, the Agency announced that $126M will go toward this goal.

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