How USAID inspires support for breastfeeding around the world

Community Health Worker Denise Ravaonasolo visits a household in Andasibe, Madagascar to support a mother who is having a hard time breastfeeding. / Karen Kasmauski, USAID Maternal and Child Survival Program

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.

Breast milk provides ideal nutrition for infants, supports optimal cognitive and…


Comment l’USAID fournit aux communautés du sud des Caraïbes des informations qui les aident à lutter contre la pandémie

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.


For decades, we’ve partnered with communities to strengthen resource rights and conserve forests and wildlife

In Bajhang District, Nepal, community members sustainably harvest lokta bark from the forest areas, which is processed into paper. / Jason Houston for USAID

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.


Cómo la USAID está equipando a las comunidades de todo el Caribe Sur con información que las ayuda a combatir la pandemia

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.


How USAID is arming communities throughout the Southern Caribbean with information that helps them fight the pandemic

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.

Breakthrough ACTION Guyana created this poster to encourage mask wearing while in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19. It was part of the public communications campaign on COVID-19 created by Breakthrough ACTION Guyana, a USAID partner.

In Guyana, USAID partnered with…


Streamlining data for a stronger COVID-19 response — and healthier futures

With USAID support, Dr. Ani Ruspitawati, head of the Health Resources Division at the Provincial Health Office in Jakarta, Indonesia, puts data to use in making decisions that affect the health and wellbeing of staff and patients alike. / Des Syafrizal for USAID

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.

Nine years ago, when Dr. Ani first started working at the Provincial Health Office, data about…


4 formas en las que USAID fomenta la gobernabilidad democrática en El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras

La administradora de USAID, Samantha Power, se reúne con el presidente de Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, en junio. / USAID

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.


4 ways USAID fosters democratic governance in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

USAID Administrator Samantha Power meets with Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei during her visit to the region in June. / USAID

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.


USAID and partners connect women to the digital economy in the Philippines

Filipina entrepreneur Mary Grace Belviz poses with a cacao tree at her family farm. / Courtesy of Mary Grace Belviz

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…


How a Venezuelan couple is making their dreams come true as entrepreneurs in Peru

Adriana Pabón and José Díaz offering their bread. / Diego Perez for USAID

The value of a dream

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…

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