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Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali

by Mali Health Organizing Project
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Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Action For Health : Empowering Communities in Mali
Sirimanfa is a Mali Health Community Health Worker
Sirimanfa is a Mali Health Community Health Worker

Community health is a team effort. And really, so is our whole organization.

As you may know, we have been celebrating our amazing team of 41 community health workers this year. They work hard each day in their communities to help mothers and children access high-quality healthcare.

They are supported by the team at our office in Bamako. A talented group of men and women who lead our organization and are committed to improving community health in their country.

But, there's another team that makes it all possible: YOU.

It takes all of us. Together, we have been able to reach an incredible milestone. For one more year, we have not lost a single mother or child in the care of our community health workers, bringing this impressive achievement to nearly six years in a row. It would not have been possible without you. 

But despite their results, community health workers are not a part of the health system in the peri-urban communities we serve. 

We’re working hard to change that, but in the meantime, we are supporting this part of our team on our own. Over 85% of the support for this life-saving work - from the salaries of our health workers to the fees for treatment at health centers - comes from you.

So you see, we simply cannot do it without you. It takes all of us to make a difference, and as a team, we are.

We hesitate to imagine what it would be like without our dream team in place. Without our community health workers like Sirimanfa and Kadidiatou, thousands of families across Bamako would go without care. 

They bring a dedication to their work and to their communities that not only changes their communities - it also changes them.

As they make their daily visits to families, our team does not wear capes. They wear vests, actually. I imagine you don’t wear a cape either. But in our view, they, and you, are most definitely heroes.

Thank you for your support, thank you for being on our team.

 

With our very best wishes for a very happy, healthy, peaceful New Year,

The Mali Health Team

Kadidiatou's a Mali Health Community Health Worker
Kadidiatou's a Mali Health Community Health Worker

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On Wednesday 10 July, Mali Health was honored by the Sotuba community in recognition of our partnership, and the impact it has had on improving community health. While we were the ones being recognized, for us, this event was actually a chance to celebrate the strong leadership in Sotuba, and the community's investment and ownership of their health, and health system.

Sotuba is a peri-urban community on the eastern side of Bamako. Mali Health collaborates with the health center (CSCom) to improve healthcare quality and governance, as well as supporting community health workers and women’s health savings groups there.

The celebration featured staff from Mali Health, members of the community, and the president of Sotuba’s ASACO (Association de Santé Communautaire), the organization made of community members that oversees the health center. The ASACO serves as a bridge between the health center and the surrounding community, linking the organization and the people. 

The ASACO has a key role in helping to improve the health of the community. When a community has an organized and efficient ASACO, the CSCom’s work is tailored to the specific needs of the people it serves, the CSCom becomes more responsive, and the amount of women and children seeking care at the health center increases.

Sotuba is one of the smallest communities with whom Mali Health collaborates. When the partnership began, the ASACO had no structure or organization and it was unclear to the community and the health center what exactly the role of the ASACO was. Unfortunately, most low-resource communities in Mali face the same challenge and one of the most important pillars of the community health system often is not able to fulfill its role of ensuring strong management, accountability and community participation in health centers.

Today, Sotuba's ASACO is an active group of community members who are fulfilling that essential role - and they are seeing impressive results. On a measurement scale we use for transparency and accountability, Sotuba went from being one of the lowest-scoring partners to one of the highest. Sotuba's patient satisfaction scores are consistently among the highest, over 95%, and the rates of pregnant women returning to deliver at the CSCom are the highest of any of our partners - sometimes reaching 100%.

As one of Mali Health’s first partners to implement, test, and refine our participatory quality improvement (QI) approach, their hard work speaks for itself. For several years, a QI coach has provided technical support and coaching to a QI team at the Sotuba CSCom and we are now in the process of turning the QI program over to that team, so that they can continue serving their community at this high level.

To support the efforts of the health center and extend the impact of improvements in quality, Mali Health has provided community health workers and free or subsidized healthcare to children and pregnant women with the least access. We also help women in Sotuba access more financial resources that can help them improve their family’s health. By addressing preventive healthcare, hygiene, and budgeting, these strategies aim to advance health in Sotuba by helping women gain more knowledge about their children’s health and increase their ability to act on it.

A mother and savings group member who attended the celebration shared her experience:

“Two times a month, Mali Health makes contact with us parents, to see the evolution of the state of health of the children. They are really there for us; we are really grateful. They educate us about the nutrition of our children and hygiene. The savings funds that Mali Health helped us set up helps us a lot to provide hygiene products such as our soaps and other cleaners. I'm so grateful that I have tears in my eyes about Mali Health.” 

Mali Health’s overarching goal is to support the Sotuba community to improve access to healthcare; the partnership is rooted in the community’s desire for change. Although there is more work to be done, this celebration represented an important milestone and the core of what makes Mali Health’s approach different. While Mali Health can give support to the health center, mothers and community members to improve health and to make change, it is up to them to decide whether to adopt strategies, act on information, and to take ownership of those strategies to sustain that change in the long term.

As the president of the ASACO described it, to the community, Mali Health represents the idea that a different future is possible, and within their reach. During his acknowledgement, the president reflected:

“I remember a story that was told to me by one of my teachers: a little boy from a small village became a doctor and became a source of hope for his entire community. This little boy reminds me of Mali Health which has become the source of hope for our community.”

Members of the Sotuba community have seen the change they are able to make to improve the health of mothers and children. While Mali Health remains so grateful for their partnership, and their gracious efforts to recognize what our partnership has achieved, we are most excited by the real steps forward that community members in Sotuba are taking to actively participate and take ownership of their health system and its future.

Every community with whom we work will always have our support, but our role is to strengthen their ability to manage and improve health in their communities, so that they can take the lead.

When they are the ones who start giving us the certificates and the chiwaras - then we know we’re all doing something right.

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Mali Health Community Health Workers
Mali Health Community Health Workers

You probably know that your support of Mali Health community health workers goes a long way, but it also has an incredible impact.

In January, our team of community health workers celebrated an amazing milestone:

For 5 years, they have not lost a single mother or child in their care.

To put that in perspective, elsewhere in Mali, 1 in 9 children still do not reach age 5. One in 26 mothers die from causes related to childbirth. These numbers are devastating - and are difficult odds to overcome.

But with your support, our community health workers have. They have served thousands of mothers and children in the past five years - and they have saved lives.

They could not have done it without your support, and we are so grateful.

We'll be celebrating this amazing accomplishment all year long, but we started with a celebration of all our community health workers in February. They work so hard for families in their communities - and they deserved a party!

Thank you so much for your support of them, and the families they serve.

Thank you for believing that all mothers and children deserve access to healthcare.

The Mali Health CHW Team
The Mali Health CHW Team

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CHWs carry essential supplies in their backpack
CHWs carry essential supplies in their backpack

We often talk about training and equipping our wonderful community health workers, but have you ever wondered exactly what equipment they need to do their work?

Every Mali Health community health worker carries a backpack, which contains some important equipment that helps them monitor the health of the children in their care. Here's what they use:

  • Scale - to measure children's weight and track their growth
  • Brachial or MUAC (mid-upper arm circumference) tape - to measure arm circumference, which more accurately screen for acute malnutrition
  • Digital thermometer - to measure body temperature and catch early signs of a fever
  • Smartphone - our community health workers record all the anthropometric measurements into the mHealth app we use to monitor and track children's health information

Not only is this equipment essential for doing their job - it helps our community health workers take pride in what they do. In addition to their backpack, you'll also notice that our health workers often wear a Mali Health vest - their uniform. Both the backpack and the vest makes them more visible in their communities and helps community members and health workers recognize the professionalism, and importance, of their work.

All of your contributions through GlobalGiving goes to train, equip and support Mali Health's community health workers. They are pivotal to improving maternal and child health in the peri-urban communities we serve. Despite very high maternal and child mortality rates in Mali, Mali Health community health workers have not lost a single mother or child in their care in five years.

Gauanse packs her backpack
Gauanse packs her backpack
Weighing a child
Weighing a child
Measuring and recording arm circumference
Measuring and recording arm circumference
Taking a temperature
Taking a temperature
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In our last project update, we followed one of Mali Health's community health workers, Gauanse, on her daily visits to families in her care.

We'd like to show you a bit more of where Gauanse and our other community health workers diligently visit mothers and children everyday - in Bamako's peri-urban communities. For the most part, peri-urban communities are informally settled and lack access to basic services.

Navigating some of these communities can be challenging - but Gauanse and her colleagues make it look easy. Community conditions not only makes the work of community health workers more important, but make us appreciate them, and their hard work and dedication, even more.

It is your support that makes their work to serve mothers and children in Bamako's peri-urban communities possible. Thank you so much!

Take look below to see where Gauanse's work takes her everyday:

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Location: Durham, NC - USA
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$89,220 raised of $150,000 goal
 
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