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Speeches Shim

January 15, 2021

How smartphones supported seasonal malaria chemoprevention to protect 300,000 children, despite the challenges of COVID-19.

December 7, 2020

In anticipation of Human Rights Day, the United States Government is supporting the Benin Human Rights Commission (BHRC) to engage and educate youth in Benin on human rights and their responsibilities as Beninese citizens. 

October 16, 2020

The United States Government is supporting 40 entrepreneurs in Benin to promote handwashing and affordable sanitation and hygiene products as part of its support to COVID-19 response. Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States is working with the entrepreneurs to promote and sell their products to limit the spread of the virus. Produced locally, the products include affordable handwashing stations, hand sanitizer, toilets, disinfectants, and masks to expand access to disease prevention tools.

October 5, 2020

In addition to knowledgeable staff, health centers need effective medical equipment to provide quality maternal and child healthcare. In Benin, equipment and supplies can vary from one hospital to another, resulting in preventable deaths of new mothers and their children. At Adjohoun Zone Hospital, Ouémé, a regional facility that serves more than 260,000 people, the lack of surgical equipment means that many pregnant mothers cannot access caesarean sections to avoid life-threatening birth complications. Meanwhile, insufficient infant warmers means babies might not survive their first hours.

October 1, 2020

Aimée Gbahoué has a busy week ahead. Surrounded by sacks of sand, cement, and orange and blue-colored recycled plastic jugs, she quickly moves about at her open-air workshop in Aplahoué, Benin. With just a few handheld tools, she pours concrete, fits water taps, and bends iron rods over red-hot embers under the West African sun.