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Jun 12, 2020

Report Update on Supplies for COVID-19 in Mali

The number of COVID-19 cases in Mali now exceeds 1,700, more than triple the number of confirmed cases at the beginning of May. Since the beginning of June, there have been more than 400 reported new cases. 

While the number of cases now exceeds 200,000 on the continent of Africa, this is thankfully the lowest rate of COVID-19 infection of any continent. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the highest number of cases are in South Africa (highest on the continent), followed by Nigeria and Ghana.

Unfortunately, Mali is not adequately prepared in terms of personal protective equipment (PPE) or ventilators. According to the China Daily, there is approximately one ventilator for every million Malians. Additionally, the pandemic is exacerbating pre-existing issues such as food security and violence against civilians. 

In March, Mali began a lockdown and government-enforced curfew to control the spread of COVID-19, similar to lockdowns across the globe. However, elections still occurred in March, and political protests continued through May in some cities despite the curfew. Lockdown conditions have started to ease since June 1st, although there are still international travel/tourism restrictions in place and an obligation to wear a mask in many places. 

On June 4th, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank approved $22.4 million for COVID-19 programs in Gambia, Mali, and Niger. $9.55 million of this money will fund personal protective equipment (PPE), testing, lab equipment and ventilators. The other $12.83 million is directed toward preparing health facilities to face the pandemic. This project is being completed in collaboration with the West African Health Organization.  


GAIA VF has been working to prepare Hope Center Clinic since the virus spread to the African continent, but we are still in need more supplies and PPE. Most importantly, we must continue to provide these supplies as cases of COVID-19 are still rising in Mali.

May 27, 2020

Continuing Essential Care during the Pandemic

GAIA Vaccine Foundation continues to provide essential care to Malian mothers and daughters during the pandemic. While many NGO's have been forced to reduce their activities or even stop them all together, GAIA VF and Hope Center Clinic continue to operate and care for those most vulnerable. 

In April, 35 women were screened for cervical cancer at the clinic. These tests are extremely important in detecting cervical cancer early and preventing complications. 

A donation to GAIA VF through GlobalGiving today will enable us to continue providing HPV vaccinations and cervical cancers screenings. Thank you for your support to GAIA VF!

May 20, 2020

GAIA Provides Essential Meals During Pandemic

The spread of COVID-19 across the world has decimated economies and transformed daily life in ways big and small. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the virus  not only threatens livelihoods, but also exasperates hunger and malnutrition on the continent. 

Many Africans, especially in rural areas, do not have access to electricity and subsequently refrigerators or other ways to extend the lifespan of perishable foods like fish, meat, and vegetables. Malian women go to the market frequently (some every day) to buy fresh produce. However, with lockdown restrictions, many are unable to venture out of the house as frequently or store food for long periods of time. With the loss of jobs, many are now unable to afford the necessary food to feed their families. Schools have been closed in Mali since March and students do not receive the afternoon meals they would otherwise. 

Hope Center Clinic continues to run the Nutrition Program weekly which provides an important source of healthy food to the Sikoro community. While the Malian government has banned gatherings larger than 50 people, GAIA and Hope Center Clinic continue to serve the Sikoro community with social distancing measures in place. In April, 265 meals were distributed.

GAIA aims to make meals available “to go” to be delivered to Hope Center Clinic’s HIV+ patients who are particularly susceptible to COVID-19. A donation of just $15, will fund essential “to go” meals to keep HIV+ patients healthy throughout this extremely difficult time.

 
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