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Overcoming the Stigma of Disability Across the Globe

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This year, Americans celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Let’s take a moment to recognize the impact of USAID’s inclusive education and youth workforce development programs in other parts of the world.

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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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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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USAID Seeds Innovation: 15 Social Entrepreneurs Making a Difference

Field engineer, Mathew, stress tests Smart Tractor at test farm in Kaduna as kids from nearby village look. / Jehiel Oliver.

With interests ranging from “Uber for tractors” to rights for the visually impaired, the innovations from this year’s Echoing Green Global Fellows are providing essential services, creating jobs and reducing poverty — often through market-based solutions.

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Subsistence to Surplus: How Gifty Went from Barely Making Ends Meet to Meeting President Obama

Gifty Jemal Hussein, a smallholder farmer in Ethiopia, spoke with President Obama today.

A surplus harvest seemed almost too good to be true to Gifty, a smallholder farmer in Ethiopia. But with new seeds and some help from the United States, she transformed her farm and her life. Today, she shared the story of her success with President Obama.

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Sustainable Finance Key to Health Equity

A newborn in Nigeria. USAID is intensifying efforts to develop, test and scale up simple, low-cost approaches to preventing newborn deaths in lower-income countries. / Amy Fowler, USAID

Shouldn’t a baby in Ethiopia and a baby in the U.S. have the same opportunity to be born safely? The Global Financing Facility in support of Every Woman Every Child aims to bring an end to preventable maternal, child and adolescent deaths by 2030.

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Keeping Up with the Times: Local Media Outlets Help Georgia Move Into the Digital Information Age

To help media in Georgia stay ahead of changing trends and technology, the USAID supported New Media Initiative is working with media organizations like the Information Center of Kakheti to build TV studios for streaming news programming online. / Photo by Gela Mtivlishvili

Journalists in Georgia are telling stories that are more dynamic, relevant and accessible to audiences with the support of multimedia training through the USAID’s New Media Initiative (NMI).

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Leadership at USAID Q&A: Susan Markham Shares Why Gender Equality Matters

As USAID’s senior coordinator for gender equality and women’s empowerment, Susan advocates for the inclusion of issues affecting women and families into development work. A women and her children prepare food for dinner in the Aldoosh Village in Yemen with food provided through a USAID program. / Mercy Corps

In this Impact Blog series, we talk with leaders at USAID to learn about the work they are doing and why it matters – both for the Agency and for the development community as a whole.

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This Ramadan, Like Most, It’s Personal

Islamic Relief-USA CEO Anwar Khan delivers remarks during USAID Iftar / Robb Hohmann, USAID

As millions of Muslims around the world celebrate the month of Ramadan, one USAID employee reflects on how the holiday reminds people of all faith of the importance of alleviating hunger for those who suffer most.

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