A recent report by the Institute for Security Studies detailed how Mali is considered the 13th most dangerous country to give birth in the world. Mali's fetility rate of 6.3 children per woman is one of the highest in the world, yet it's maternal mortality rate is 2.6 times higher than the global average. A high maternal mortality rate is reflective of a failing healthcare system and one that is in much need of improvement to save the lives of Malian women and their babies.
While Mali has faced years of political instability and violent conflict in the north, childbirth has killed more Malian women than 6 years of the security crisis combined. This crisis has also forced many healthcare clinics to close, at least 116 since the violence began. Many remain under resourced and under staffed.
As Mali continues to confront politcal instability, violent conflict, and the COVID-19 pandemic, resources and programming to ensure the health and wellbeing of women and children in Mali is more important than ever. GAIA Vaccine Foundation continues to work in Sikoro and provide additional maternal health resources, including free HIV testing and the MTCTP program. Support GAIA VF today to support women and children in Mali.
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While the efforts of global infectious disease prevention have largely turned to focus on COVID-19 over the past two years, HIV continues to spread in Mali and education and prevention are as necessary as ever.
GAIA Vaccine Foundation continues to focus on HIV prevention through programs such as the Free HIV Testing program and the Chez Rosalie Mother-to-Child Transmission program. Both of these programs focus on knowing one's HIV status and creating better access to HIV testing, particuarly for pregnant mothers. In fact, all pregnant mothers are offered a free HIV test through this program.
From January to April 2022, 433 pregnant women have been tested for HIV at Hope Cener Clinic. Please support GAIA Vaccine Foundation today so that we can continue to offer these essential services in the Sikroro community.
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GAIA Vaccine Foundation supports the prevention of HIV by offering Free HIV testing at Hope Center Clinic in Sikoro, Bamako, Mali.
In 2021, 1451 pregnant women were tested for HIV. Testing helps ensure that mothers know their status and that if they are positive, measures can be taken to make sure the baby is born HIV free. Since the program was started, no baby born at Hope Center Clinic has been born HIV postive.
Your support allows us to continue offering HIV tests to anyone who needs it in the Sikoro community. This is particuarly important among pregnant women.
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In 2020, Mali reported that approximately 110,000 children and adults are currently living with HIV. There are many organizations including UNAIDS and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that are working to decrease the number of new infections and help those that are currently infected. The CDC has assisted the country of Mali with developing a national surveillance strategy. Meanwhile, UNAIDs has introduced several preventative measures into the country including male/female condoms, providing pre-prophylaxis (PrEP), providing counseling on sexual behavior change, offering free and clean needles, and providing treatment for individuals living with HIV.
However, due to three key reasons, much work still needs to be done to decrease new infections. With the lack of political commitment, an unwillingness to educate the younger population about safe sex practices, and a lack of preventative measures put into place, much effort is still needed to make preventative practices successful.
Please consider donating to the Born Free of HIV Project so that children and adults can be provided with treatment and care.
The recent wave of political instability in Mali can be traced back to 2012 when soldiers first overthrew the sitting president on charges of government corruption. This coup also provided an opening for Islamic groups to seize northern Mali, adding further disruption to the country. For the next 8 years the country suffered from public unrest, fueled by extreme poverty and overpopulation in the capital, Bamako, as Malians fled violence in northern Mali. This culminated in a military coup led by Assimi Goita in August 2020.
In April 2021, French journalist Oliver Dubois was kidnapped, a sign of rapidly increasing tensions between the different parties vying for power. In May 2021, there was a third military coup led by Assimi Goita triggered by his dissatisfaction with the appointed government cabinet. Shortly after in June 2021, Assimi Goita was sworn in as interim president, appointing many of his fellow army officers into the cabinet. Just recently as last week an attempted assassination of Goita was reported. The suspect was arrested on site and died in custody. Goita’s response was as follows: “That’s part of being a leader, there are always malcontents”.
These frequent changes in power have created a somber tone in the government and have interrupted the continuity of provisions, including those important to public health. Many global institutions no longer recognize Mali in an attempt to disprove of its most recent coup. This instability directly impacts how effectively the government can meet the health needs of the country, and how quickly the government can respond to fast-changing public health situations. At a time where COVID-19 is still a major threat, public health programs are greatly needed. Dr.Karamoko, the GAIA VF Medical Director, spoke about the coup in relation to public health and mentioned that “it affects the systems of health because everything comes to an abrupt stop”.
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