Facilitating Access to Tuberculosis Care in Mali



Malian peer-educators teach community members how to recognize the symptoms of tuberculosis and how to seek proper medical attention, with costs and transport covered by GAIA.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Mali has one of the lowest tuberculosis (TB) case detection rates in the world. Currently over 80% of Malians who suffer from tuberculosis remain undiagnosed, and thus cannot benefit from the free TB treatment provided by the government. In Sikoro, lack of education coupled with extreme poverty make it especially difficult for residents to access health resources. The TB BOLO program is needed to sensitize the community about TB and facilitate access to testing and treatment.

How will this project solve this problem?

GAIA educates around 1000 community members per month, and brings potential TB cases to the local clinic and hospital for medical attention. By detecting cases early, our patients are more likely to survive and less likely to transmit the disease.

Potential Long Term Impact

When TB cases are detected early, they are more likely to survive, and less likely to spread the disease to others. TB-BOLO could stem TB transmission in Sikoro and provide an example to the rest of Mali and beyond.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,500

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,500 .  The original project funding goal was $1,500.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Project Leader

Anne De Groot

Founder and Scientific Director
Providence, Rhode Island United States

Where is this project located?

Mali   Health
Map of Facilitating Access to Tuberculosis Care in Mali
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