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Jan 24, 2020

868,000 Malians Experiencing Severe Malnutrition

The Nutrition and Peer Support for HIV+ Patients program continues to be one of Hope Center Clinic’s most utilized and impactful program. In 2019, over 3,627 people attended, more than 1,1837 of which were children.

In a 2019 report by USAID, the organization estimated that approximately 554,000 people will require urgent food assistance. That is over 3% of Mali’s population! The report also estimates that 868,000 Malians (160,000 children) will experience severe acute malnutrition and require nutrition assistance. 

GAIA Vaccine Foundation provides vital support to Hope Center Clinic to ensure the Nutrition and Peer Support for HIV+ Patients program runs weekly. While many in Mali are suffering from malnutrition and inadequate access to consistent healthful food, those often most at risk are members of the HIV+ community, as well as women and girls. 

A donation of $10 provides a weekly meal to an HIV+ patient. A donation of $100 provides enough food for 25 people. 

Thank you for your support to the Nutrition and Peer Support for HIV+ Patients program and GAIA Vaccine Foundation!

Jan 14, 2020

Importance of Teen Education During Mali Conflict

As 2020 begins, Mali continues to face insecurity that threatens the safety, wellbeing and education of children and adolescents. 

A 2019 report by UNICEF describes the situation in Mali. “ Over 451,000 children require emergency education support across the country, with 920 schools closed, including 598 in Mopti region. Mali is also vulnerable to climate change and prone to natural disasters such as flooding and droughts.”

Many children, especially those displaced by the security crisis in the north lack adequate access to food. UNICEF estimates 190,000 children to be at risk of severe acute malnutrition.

The attacks have been located in northern Mali, but the region around Bamako remains stable. However, many displaced by the conflict have fled to Bamako and the surrounding suburbs. From January - April 2019, more than 87,000 Malians fled their homes according to the Norweigian Refugee Council

Many displaced children have been forced away from their schools. The Teen Peer HIV Education program holds classes every week for teenagers to learn about HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and other topics related to reproductive health. These free classes are especially important for those displaced by conflict who may be unable to attend school. 

In 2019, over 1,300 teenagers attended Hope Center Clinic’s Teen Peer HIV Education programs and GAIA Vaccine Foundation aims to increase participation in 2020. A donation of just $15 provides enough food for an entire class of students.

Thank you for your support to GAIA Vaccine Foundation!


Dec 10, 2019

World AIDS Day 2019

On World AIDS Day and every day, GAIA Vaccine Foundation is dedicated to fighting HIV and AIDS with our West African partners in Sikoro, Mali. 
"World AIDS Day is dedicated to uniting in the fight against HIV, supporting those living with HIV andcommemorating those who have died from an AIDS-related illness."  

The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Mali

Living with HIV/AIDS remains a harsh reality for many in Mali. While HIV can be managed through the appropriate medication and frequent monitoring, very few Malians have access to care. UNAIDS has reported the following data for Mali:

  • In 2016, Mali had 5,900 (3,800 - 8,600) new HIV infections and 6,100 (4,800 - 7,500) AIDS-related deaths.
  • There were 110,000 (89,000 - 130,000) Malians living with HIV in 2016, among whom 35% (25% - 44%) were accessing antiretroviral therapy.
  • Among pregnant women living with HIV, 35% (28% - 42%) were accessing treatment or prophylaxis to prevent transmission of HIV to their children. 
  • An estimated 1600 (1100 - 2300) children were newly infected with HIV due to mother-to-child transmission.

How GAIA VF is Fighting HIV/AIDS in Mali

GAIA Vaccine Foundation works in collaboration with our partner clinic and the regional department of health to bring care to those affected by HIV, AIDS and other infectious diseases in Sikoro, Mali. In 2005, GAIA established the "Chez Rosalie" Mother-to-Child Transmission Prevention program which introduced interventions to prevent HIV+ mothers from passing on HIV to their infants. Additionally, GAIA introduced free HIV testing at Hope Center Clinic and currently runs a "Teen Peer HIV Education" program and a "Nutrition and Peer Support for HIV+ Patients" program weekly. These activities have seen great success and no baby has been born HIV+ at Hope Center Clinic. 

GAIA Vaccine Foundation needs your help to continue to fight HIV/AIDS in Mali. All contributions directly support Hope Center Clinic and programming in Mali.

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