GAIA Vaccine Foundation

Our mission is to promote prevention of infectious diseases (HIV, TB, and HPV) in Mali while working to develop vaccines for distribution on a not-for-profit basis in the developing world. The Foundation's activities are centered on four themes: education, prevention, access to care, and vaccines. Through our active, ongoing collaboration with West African physicians and support for prevention-related clinical activities in the region, we work to improve the health of Malian children and their parents while setting the stage for ethical vaccine trials.
Apr 3, 2015

Clap your hands

Everyone is having a grand time at our weekly education sessions with our Expert Peer Educator, Socrates! The subject matter ranges from teen health issues to STDs, HIV and HPV. 

Parents have informed Socrates that their teens have begun behaving in a more mature manner. Some participants have asked Socrates to come to their classrooms to lead an education session. 

Here are two videos from a recent session:

Socrates engages the teens with questions, discussion, and laughter

Sessions end with a clap and a song

Now, it is time for us to think about the next steps. Interested teens will start to be trained to manage and run the sessions themselves. We would love to expand this program to schools as well, but we need your help. This program is in its fledgling stages. It is very much appreciated by the particpants, but we need to plan strategically to keep this program rolling and allow it to have greatest effect among teens.

Please join us in innovating health education for teens in Mali

Mar 9, 2015

And we're off!

As you know, GAIA Vaccine Foundation has lead multiple research projects on HPV in Mali. From surveying people about their current understanding of the virus, to collecting biopsy samples to determine what strains of HPV are causing cervical cancers among the Malian population, GAIA has left no stone unturned in our quest to bring the HPV vaccine to Mali.

Now we are launching our research on an even larger scale: for six months we will be running community education sessions using GAIA's signature HPV cloth. We will be supplying five clinics and training medical staff and peer educators to administer our survey and perform cervical cancer screenings.

We want blow cervical cancer screening rates through the roof for all of 2015! 

After arriving in Bamako last week, it's been so exciting to see all of our long-planned ideas come to fruition. We will begin recording radio programs to be broadcast all over the city next week! Our peer educators and medical staff from the five clinics will be trained by the Regional Health Director, DRS, the following week. Our cloth has already been sent to be printed at the premier Malian Textile company, COMATEX!

Please consider contributing your support as we begin this abitious project. Your donation could allow us to continue supplying the five clinics with cervical cancer screening materials after the 6 month period, and this would greatly increase Malian women's access to screenings.

Together we can fight cervical cancer! 

I will be sending out photos later this week!

Jan 13, 2015

World AIDS day and beyond

I wanted to take a moment to share our current statistics with you. This year, GAIA is celebrating ten years of HIV prevention in Mali. Ten years ago, we opened "Chez Rosalie", our mother to child transmission prevention program at the Hope Center Clinic, and since then, 12,639 expecting mothers have walked through the doors.

As our program continues and grows each year, we thank you, our supporters, for your continued efforts to ensure that babies born at Chez Rosalie have a chance at a life that is 100% HIV free.

As we begin the new year of 2015, we continue to rely on your support as we expand and bring new expecting mothers into our program. Construction begins next month on four additional consultation rooms for the clinic, and we now employ nine midwives. 

With your help, we can make 2015 an exceptional year!

We wish you heartfelt thanks from all of the GAIA team.

Hope Center Clinic in Sikoro
Hope Center Clinic in Sikoro

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