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.
Nov 29, 2016

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Midwife at the Hope Center Clinic
Midwife at the Hope Center Clinic

Support us today and your donation will be matched 50%!!

This #GivingTuesday there is the incredible opportunity to increase your impact when you choose to support cancer prevention in West Africa!

Our midwives are working hard to consistently offer free cervical cancer screenings at 5 health clinics in Bamako. In fact, there is such high demand for screenings, even the night staff is offering screening!

Now that women are aware of their cancer risk due to our huge, community-driven campaign and widespread "story-telling cloth", they are eager to get screened and have their daughters vaccinated to prevent against HPV.

Thanks to GAIA's advocacy, a branch of the national vaccine demo project is vaccinating girls in our neighborhood!

You can join in our campaign to end cervical cancer in Mali by donating funds to keep the free screening going. And today your gift makes more impact than ever!

We are so grateful for your continued support! Let's make 2017 the year of free screening and vaccination!

Badiallo wants her grandkids to be cancer free!
Badiallo wants her grandkids to be cancer free!
Nov 3, 2016

Baby Fatoumata: born free!

Baby Fatoumata
Baby Fatoumata

The newest arrival at GAIA’s Hope Center clinic in Mali is baby Fatoumata! Her mother, Adjiaratou, is a strong member of our prevention program, and she also benefited from our prenatal vitamin donation program from the NGO “Vitamin Angels”. In fact, in 2015 and 2016, we’ve distributed prenatal vitamins for all pregnant women with HIV at five community clinics in Bamako.  Prenatal vitamins provide crucial supplements like folic acid and iron so that babies can be born strong and healthy.

We're doing everything we can to give babies like Fatoumata the best start in life: HIV free and healthy!

Thanks for your continued support!

Fatoumata, siblings, and friends
Fatoumata, siblings, and friends
Koura with boxes of vitamins for Mali
Koura with boxes of vitamins for Mali
Nov 1, 2016

African Day for Food and Nutrition Security 2016!

Kids sharing a meal
Kids sharing a meal

On Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security, it is important to raise awareness about the issues of malnutrition and food insecurity that face many communities, especially in Mali.

According to the Borgen Project: “Ranking 182nd on the Human Development Index (the 6th lowest ranking on the planet,) Mali is recognized as one of the most nutritionally unstable and under developed countries in the world. About four in 10 children under the age of 5 are underweight, and one in four people are as well. As a study from 2014 indicates, over 1.5 million people are not sustained by a regular supply of food.”

Our nutritional support program is focused on getting regular meals to HIV+ patients; the majority of whom have families with small children. However, our program is about much more than just alleviating malnutrition among a very vulnerable sector of the population. One of the primary causes of poverty for people living with HIV/AIDS in Mali is the stigmatization that surrounds them in their daily life. They can be fired from their jobs or rejected by their extended families and communities.

Breaking the cycle of stigma at the clinic by providing comprehensive care and nutritional support, is just the first step towards improving the lives of our patients, but it’s an important one.

 Thanks to your support, we’ve been able to provide this program with consistency over the years.

You gift is providing food, but also, much, much more!

 
   

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