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It’s PEPFAR’s official 15th anniversary! Check out USAID Administrator Mark Green’s latest blog post that highlights the 15 ways USAID is helping to lead the global community towards our shared goal of epidemic control. #PEPFAR15 #PEPFARSavesLives #EndAIDS #USAIDTransforms #HIV #AIDS Photo by Eric Bond/Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Deborah Nyamwiza holds the goggles up to her face and waits as a computer buzzes in the background, scanning her eyes. The database chimes and a green box pops on the screen—verified. Then she moves on to the next tent to get her share of maize and beans. Deborah is a Congolese refugee living in Oruchinga settlement, Uganda, and one of the first refugees in the country to undergo an iris scan to claim food rations. Uganda has the largest refugee population in Africa, at 1.4 million, many from #SouthSudan or the #DRCongo. USAID and its partners are supporting efforts to use state-of-the-art biometric registration (think iris scans or fingerprints) to ensure that assistance is delivered efficiently and effectively, allowing #refugees like Anna and Deborah to rebuild their lives. #Africa #Uganda #HumanitarianAssistance #Nutrition #FoodforPeace #USAIDTransforms Photo by Claire Nevill/WFP

What does it mean to “go to the field”? Sometimes it means hopping on a boat, then taking a car, and finishing the trek by walking to your destination. Check out this video of USAID Administrator Mark Green and his delegation doing just that to visit northern Rakhine State, Burma. He believes it was critical to be on the ground to see the humanitarian situation unfolding there. This group was one of the first to have access to the region in several months. After visiting, Administrator Green called on the Burmese government to continue to allow access to the area for humanitarian and development organizations.
#Burma #Myanmar #Rohingya #Rakhine #development #humanitarian #BTS #BehindtheScenes #worktravel #fieldvisit Video by Anna Slattery, USAID

Just as USAID Administrator Mark Green winds up a visit to Asia, read about these clever university students from Myanmar who, with some tips from USAID, took a brilliant idea to help rural children read and learn at night, matched it with Texas A&M student innovation and won big! Follow their inspirational journey as told by USAID/Asia mentor Sylvie Doutriaux in a new Medium blog here:
#USAIDTransforms #Innovation #Mekong #IFTP2018 #TAMU #Myanmar | Photo Credit: Sylvie Doutriaux, USAID

Nehemiah Eristhee is among 240 high school students in St. Lucia benefiting from the Robotics and Coding Program implemented by USAID’s Community, Family and Youth Resilience program. The program is USAID’s preeminent response to the unprecedented levels of youth violence across the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, and works in high-risk communities in Guyana, St. Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis with a menu of prevention programs to build social, leadership and workforce readiness skills.
Nehemiah and his peers are ecstatic about all the possibilities the program offers. “They all feel the same way I am feeling right now — exhilarated!” says Nehemiah. “Maybe in the future I would like to work for USAID so that I can continue to be involved in programs like the robotics program.” #EasternAndSouthernCaribbean #Youth #Resilience | Photo Credit: Carol Gaskin, USAID

USAID’s Challenge TB project in Tajikistan has been working with Tajikistan’s National TB Control Program to introduce the shorter multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment regimen, creating necessary documentation and guidelines and training staff on how to care for patients and manage any side effects.

The shorter regimen lets patients return to their normal lives more quickly so they can resume their jobs and provide for their families. A shorter treatment regimen also saves money for the health care system.

Pictured, Gulbahor Mirzosharifova, the first patient in Tajikistan to be cured of (MDR-TB) using the new shorter treatment regimen, poses with health personnel at the Municipal TB Center.

#Tajikistan #EndTB #GlobalHealth | Photo Credit: Challenge TB project

“My dream is to become the biggest pineapple producer in the Lower Guinea region and be able to employ more than 100 young Guineans like myself,” says Mohamed Camara, an agricultural extension agent specializing in pineapple production in Guinea.
Camara applied for the Apprenticeship Program in Extension, Entrepreneurship and Rural Innovation (AVENIR), a component of the USAID-funded Guinea Agricultural Services project, where he learned better farm practices.

By applying his new skills, Camara has developed a pineapple plantation of 24,500 plants, and is planning to buy a hectare of land to plant more pineapples on highlands.
#Guinea #Agriculture #FeedTheFuture | Photo Credit: Ousmane Condé, USAID

The Entrepreneur
On a sunny November day, Lawal Omowumi has ample time to show off how the large blue cocoa dryer she helps run operates. “We load about 30 sacks of the #cocoa into this and turn on the generator,” she says. “It is normally used in the rainy season. But now there is nothing.” Seasons will inevitably change and Omowumi’s dryer will be in demand again, though she looks forward to no longer needing to fetch diesel to power the generator that keeps it running. Gbamu Gbamu’s solar-powered minigrid will eliminate those tiring and expensive trips. She also sees how a constant supply of electricity will keep the laptop and printer in her office running smoothly, another potential boost to her business. But while Omowumi is eager to reap business benefits, she is equally excited for the changes the minigrid will bring to Nigeria’s hot nights. “Normally, villagers sleep outside. But when there is light [meaning solar power] in the midnight they will have fans and sleep there,” she says, pointing to the interior of a nearby home. “They sleep inside and enjoy themselves.” #USAIDTransforms #DevJourney #SelfReliance #Nigeria #Solar #entrepreneurship #enterprisev @rubitec_solar @winrock_international Photo by @bobbyneptune

The Cocoa Farmer
Like many of his fellow villagers, Alimi Issa first came to Gbamu Gbamu to be a cocoa farmer. Through his years as both a farmer and as someone who buys #cocoa beans from other local growers, Issa has learned that weather and the seasons play a big role in his success. On clear and warm days, for instance, he can rely on the sun to dry his beans while the rainy season brings the risk that they’ll spoil. But the uncertainty and risk that he’s faced for years will disappear with the arrival of the solar-powered minigrid in Gbamu Gbamu. Why? Because Issa plans to buy a machine that dries the cocoa beans, allowing him to both dry his own crops and charge other farmers to dry theirs. “I don’t need to wait for the sun to come out,” says Issa, who sells his beans to the agribusiness Olam, which ships them to Switzerland to be made into chocolate. “I buy the newer drying machine and farmers will carry their cocoa to me and I make extra money.” #USAIDTransforms #DevJourney #SelfReliance #Nigeria #Solar #entrepreneurship #enterprisev @rubitec_solar @winrock_international Photo by @bobbyneptune

USAID Administrator Mark Green visits a refugee camp in Bangladesh where he announced more than $44 million in new humanitarian assistance to support #Rohingya refugees in #Bangladesh and other vulnerable groups affected by the conflict in #Burma. ...
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The Proprietor
As the owner of a small restaurant and hotel in Gbamu Gbamu, Olamide Olasunkanami has always relied on diesel and petrol generators to keep his guests happy. Comfort requires electricity to run the refrigerator that keeps drinks cool and to power the TV, radio, fans and air conditioner that ensures guests return again and again. But generators are expensive enough that Olasunkanami has to limit their use. “Normally, I run it from 6 pm to 12 am but today is a market day,” he says as music blares from inside the hotel. “I know many people will be around so I run it around the clock.” Olasunkanami won’t have to make those choices about turning the generator off and on at certain times once the solar-powered minigrid is in operation. For the same amount of money he spends on diesel today, he’ll be able to make electricity available to his guests all the time. “The drinks are going to get colder and people are going to enjoy the electricity because they can always watch the TV and use the fan,” he says. “If there is power always, we can build another hotel.” #USAIDTransforms #DevJourney #SelfReliance #Nigeria #Solar #entrepreneurship #enterprisev @rubitec_solar @winrock_international Photo by @bobbyneptune

The Tailor
Lateef Jimoh knows that a certain amount of legwork is always going to be a part of his job. As a tailor, Jimoh typically takes orders from his fellow villagers in Gbamu Gbamu and then makes the four-hour round trip journey to Lagos to pick up the fabric he needs to actually create the garments. But the bumpy trips he takes twice a week on a motorcycle to pick up diesel for the generator he needs to run his six sewing machines is something he would love to eliminate. “Instead of having to travel to town to buy diesel, that is an advantage for me,” says Jimoh, who moved to Gbamu Gbamu from Ghana to be closer to family eight years ago. Besides enjoying a quieter work environment once he replaces the diesel generator with electricity from the solar-powered minigrid, Jimoh expects to have more money in his pocket. “It cuts down the expense with the power and having to travel to town to buy fuel,” he says. “It will boost my business and make me produce more.” Read more at #USAIDTransforms #DevJourney #SelfReliance #Nigeria #Solar #entrepreneurship #enterprisev @rubitec_solar @winrock_international Photo by @bobbyneptune

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