Report to Congress: Health-Related Research and Development Activities at USAID - December 2013 [PDF, 853KB]
“With strong support from the U.S. Presidential Administration and Congress, USAID is
looking to science and technology to bring new solutions to existing challenges as the
Agency continues to apply novel technical tools to diminish barriers and build partnerships to advance health around the world. These efforts help to discover the most
efficient and sustainable means to ensure healthy, productive populations in developing
countries, which are aligned with U.S. goals to end extreme poverty and promote peace
and prosperity worldwide. The fulllment of these goals will improve security at home
and enhance markets for U.S. businesses abroad.”
Global Research Activity Final Project Report [PDF, 1.6MB]
The Global Research Activity, funded by USAID and managed under HaRP, sought to advance the health status of infants, children, mothers, and families in the areas of maternal and neonatal health, micronutrients and dietary interventions, acute respiratory infections (ARI), and tuberculosis (TB) and other infectious diseases through a comprehensive but focused research agenda on key nutrition and health care service interventions.
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