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1. Since its creation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided AIDS treatment to more than 5.1 million people.
2. Smallpox has been eradicated.
3. Malaria-related deaths are down 75 percent.
4. USAID immunization programs save millions of lives each year.
5. Global hunger is decreasing steadily, according to the United Nations.
6. Due to innovation, well projects and sanitation initiatives between 1990 and 2010, another two billion people now have access to clean drinking water.
7. USAID child survival programs have decreased infant mortality rates by 10 percent.
8. 7,256 fewer children die each day compared to in 2000.
9. Literacy rates have increased by 33 percent in the past 25 years.
10. More children attend school than ever before.
11. Health and sanitation is improving at a faster rate than ever before
12. Investments in agriculture have resulted in increased access to food for 1 billion people.
13. Hunger was cut in half in China during the 1990s.
14. The World Food Programme purchased 552,000 metric tons of food in South Africa; enough to feed 2.75 million people for a year.
15. 43 of the 50 top consumers of United States agricultural products were once U.S. aid recipients.
16. Primary school enrollment has tripled.
17. In the developing world, life expectancy has in creased by over 30%.
18. USAID action in Southern Africa prevented a massive famine.
19 From 1999 and 2004, 135 million people rose out of extreme poverty.
20. Extreme poverty has been cut in half from 2000-2010.  Extreme poverty could be eliminated by 2028 if efforts are continued.

– Stephanie Lamm

Sources: RFERL, USAID, UN Water, Borgen Project
Photo: Lainey Gossip