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Improving Adolescent Health in U.S.

Behaviors and habits established during adolescence have ramifications that affect the quality of life and health throughout adulthood. Adolescence is a critical transition period in life that includes rapid biological developments and increasing independence. Predisposed to greater risk-taking as they are, adolescents are at an increased danger for negative consequences through substance use, unintended pregnancy, […]

Maternal and Child Health

Breastfeeding for a Brighter Future: How One of Our First Acts of Sharing Builds Healthier Babies, Stronger Families and Sustainable Communities

When a baby is born, her purpose is simple: to grow into a healthy child. Breastfeeding makes this possible by giving a newborn nutritional and immunoprotective benefits that impact their immediate health, as well as their long-term health and opportunity for success. As a development tool, breastfeeding is a key contributor to achieving the broader Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This World Breastfeeding Week, USAID’s global nutrition project, Strengthening Partnerships and Results in Nutrition Globally (SPRING), joins our many partners in recognizing the importance of promoting good breastfeeding practices and the supportive environments that enable them.