International Health

HIV, International Health

Empowering Young Women in Kenya to be Economically Independent and HIV-Free

Kenya is home to the fourth largest HIV epidemic in the world.[1] In 2016, new infections among young women (ages 15-24) were 44% higher than among young men, with poverty and gender inequality driving the epidemic.[2] The African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology (ACWICT), based in Nairobi, provides young women with vocational training […]

Applied Research & Evaluation, Family Planning & Reproductive Health, International Health

Applying Behavioral Economics to Reduce Contraceptive Discontinuation in Ethiopia

Learnings from a Stratified-Pair, Cluster-Randomized Field Study In Ethiopia, the national family planning program has made significant strides in providing access to services in the country. The contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) jumped in the last two decades. This increase in CPR has mainly been a result of a sharp increase in the use of injectable […]

Family Planning & Reproductive Health, International Health

Support for Menstrual Hygiene Helps Girls Stay in School and Reduce Their Risk of HIV Infection

As part of DREAMS Innovation Challenge, Brick by Brick Uganda launched a project to keep girls in secondary school. The project teaches girls to make reusable menstrual pads, renovates or builds clean and private washrooms to support menstrual hygiene at school, and trains teachers and students in sexual and reproductive health, including HIV prevention.

Community Health, International Health

Together We are Capable: The Road to Universal Health Coverage in Madagascar

Like many nations, Madagascar is prioritizing universal health coverage (UHC) by working to provide the population with access to quality health services and to reduce the cost of care. While progress has been slow so far, consistent health gains from programs working at the lowest level of the health system are the key to Madagascar […]

International Health, Maternal, Newborn & 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.