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.
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
Dec 2, 2014

Words from the field

In commemoration of World AIDS Day (December 1st) and Giving Tuesday (December 2nd), we have a new video for you from our collaborators in Mali. Peer educator, Socrates; community leader, Rokia; and GAIA program director, Dr. Tounkara speak about stigma, mother-to-child transmission prevention, and access to care.

GAIA has made significant progress in the 10 YEARS since we started working with the clinic in Sikoro to treat the first HIV+ patients.... but there is still much work to be done.

Check out our video here.

We offer our gratitude for your continued support! Please think of us during the giving season!

 
   

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