Breastfeeding has always been more than a one person job. Yet in many places around the world, mothers shoulder this responsibility alone or with very little support.
Recognizing that achieving optimal breastfeeding practices requires broad-based support, USAID promotes breastfeeding as a collective responsibility — one that families, communities, health systems, governments, and development partners must champion together.
For over 40 years, USAID has supported breastfeeding initiatives around the world to save lives, prevent malnutrition, support healthy birth spacing, and enhance the long-term health and prosperity of women and children.
Lorsque COVID-19 a frappé les côtes des Caraïbes orientales et méridionales, ça a provoqué un pandémonium, des perturbations et la peur dans le cœur des gens qui n’avaient aucune expérience antérieure avec ce virus inconnu et mortel. Pour tout le monde dans le monde, la vie telle que nous la connaissions avait changé.
Notre monde était maintenant rempli de masques, de désinfectant pour les mains, de distanciation physique et d’un exode massif du bureau alors que de nombreuses personnes passaient au travail à domicile. …
Around the world, conservation and development efforts are more sustainable when led by local people. USAID has been a leader in community-based conservation for decades, vastly expanding land, marine, and coastal areas under conservation management. These programs have conserved wildlife and forests that absorb greenhouse gases, while improving governance, security, and economic growth for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Cuando la COVID-19 golpeó las costas de los países de las Antillas Menores y del Caribe Sur, provocó caos, trastornos y miedo en los corazones de las personas que no tenían experiencia previa con un virus desconocido y mortal. Para todos, en todo el mundo, la vida tal como la conocíamos cambió.
Nuestro mundo ahora estaba lleno de mascarillas, desinfectante de manos, distanciamiento físico y un éxodo masivo de la oficina, mientras muchas personas pasaban a trabajar desde casa. …
When COVID-19 hit the shores of the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, it caused pandemonium, disruption, and fear in the hearts of people who had no previous experience with this unknown and deadly virus. For everyone around the globe, life as we knew it changed.
Our world was now filled with masks, hand sanitizer, physical distancing, and a mass exodus from the office as many people transitioned to working from home. All of this disruption and change introduced a unique challenge: how to educate and inform people of this new disease and how to prevent it.
In Jakarta, Indonesia’s bustling capital city, Dr. Ani Ruspitawati’s office oversees more than 5,500 health facilities — known locally as puskesmas — which serve a population of 10 million people.
When COVID-19 struck, with Jakarta as the nation’s hotspot, the Provincial Health Office needed well-organized, up-to-date data on this massive health system in order to mount an effective response.
“Data is needed for decision-making,” explained Dr. Ani, head of the Health Resources Division. “If the data is inaccurate, then the decisions will be wrong.”
Nine years ago, when Dr. Ani first started working at the Provincial Health Office, data about…
Los persistentes desafíos de la corrupción y la debilidad en el estado de derecho, entre otros factores, impulsan a un número récord de personas de El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras a migrar hacia el norte.
Cuando existe una cultura de impunidad, se pone en peligro la legitimidad de las instituciones del país. Los ciudadanos pierden la confianza en sus líderes y en su propia capacidad para prosperar, obtener una educación, iniciar un negocio y que se respeten sus derechos.
Persistent challenges of corruption and weak rule of law, among other factors, drive a record number of people from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to migrate north.
When there is a culture of impunity, the legitimacy of the institutions in the country are jeopardized. Citizens lose confidence in their leaders, their own ability to prosper, get an education, start a business, and have their rights respected.
With rich, volcanic soil and a tropical climate, Davao City on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao is famous for its fresh durian fruit and world-class chocolate. Local farms growing an array of tropical fruits and other local delicacies dot the verdant hills around the city.
Twenty years ago, Filipina entrepreneur Mary Grace Belviz started her small business, Rosario’s Delicacies, using products from her family’s farm in Davao to produce durian candy, jam, and artisanal chocolate. With a small store in Davao, vendors in the airport, and gift shops around the city, Mary Grace’s business thrived on tourists seeking the…
In 2017, Adriana Pabón left her house in Mérida, in the middle of the Andes of Venezuela, on her way to Ibarra in Ecuador. She packed two suitcases and a bread oven. A week after arriving in her new home, she dreamed of cupcakes. The next day, she baked five dozen cupcakes and took a bus to the town of Cotacachi, an hour away from Ibarra, with her sweet hopes placed in transparent bags. The rain began to fall so hard that the bus driver could barely see through it.
When she reached her destination, the water seemed to come…