Mali Clinic Supplies to Protect Against COVID-19

by GAIA Vaccine Foundation
Mali Clinic Supplies to Protect Against COVID-19

The World Health Organization maintains and continues to update a database on COVID-19 cases in Mali. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had been documented from January 3, 2020, through November 25th, 2022, there have been 32,755 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 742 confirmed deaths because of the virus in Mali. However, COVID-19 testing is not widely available in Mali, especially outside of Bamako. There are likely many more cases that have gone unaccounted for in Mali.   

As for vaccine distribution, there has been an increase in administered doses since the beginning of 2022, however vaccination remains extremely low compared to other countries in Western Europe or North America. According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, as of November 20, 2022, there have been 3,774,979 doses administered to the Malian population. Of that number, 2,738,832 have received at least a single dose which translates to roughly 13.52% of the population. 

Those most affected by COVID-19 are those who are most vulnerable, meaning that individuals who are immunocompromised due to HIV or lack access to healthcare face the highest risk. GAIA Vaccine Foundation is continuously working to remain ahead of the curve for COVID-19 prevention, including through the project: Mali Clinic Supplies to Protect Against COVID-19. 

With the help of ongoing generous donations, GAIA Vaccine Foundation is looking to purchase gowns, gloves and other supplies to make sure our clinics are prepared for the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic. For only $10, you would be supplying our clinics with a box of gloves. For $25, you can provide a box of masks to Hope Center Clinic. We are grateful for your support during this unprecedented time in supporting those most vulnerable against the ongoing pandemic.

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a pressing threat across the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected millions of communities and local populations, but it remains clear that those who are most at risk of contracting the virus are those most vulnerable. This includes people living with HIV and those who are immunocompromised, as well as those who do not have access to proper healthcare. 

Mali greatly lacks the widespread health infrastructure required to combat such a large-scale pandemic. According to the World Health Organization, as of September 26, 2022, Mali remains in the mid-blue zone when it comes to COVID cases. This means that within the country there are currently between 5,000-50,000 cases, with the actual report standing at roughly 32,000. The CDC has loosened its entry guidelines, rating Mali low on the COVID-19 scale, but continues to assert the importance and requirement of increased vaccinations.

According to the World Health Organization, there have been just shy of 3 million doses of the vaccine distributed. However, Mali’s population sits at around 20 million. GAIA Vaccine Foundation understands the pressing need to protect those who are most at risk, and has created the Mali Clinic Supplies to Protect Against COVID-19 program to continue to supply aid. GAIA Vaccine Foundation is working with doctors at Hope Center Clinic in Mali to implement preventative measures, but now more than ever is looking towards donations to supply the proper healthcare equipment. For just $10, you would be supplying a box of gloves. For just $25, you would be supplying a box of masks. For $80, you would be supplying a consistent amount of disinfectant to help protect our doctors and patients. Thank you for your support to GAIA Vaccine Foundation!

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and affect people around the globe in ways big and small. While there has been considerable progress in vaccine distribution, vaccination rates remain low in Mali and the virus continues to affect local communities. 


The U.S. Embassy in Mali has kept frequent updates on the COVID pandemic and its effect on the Malians. On August 29, 2022, the government of Mali proclaimed that there have been 31,337 overall confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic, with 739 deaths and 30,457 recoveries. 

Additionally, there have been many adverse effects in Mali due to the pandemic. According to the World Bank, Mali is currently facing an economic recession due to virus. The primary driver of this recession struck Mali when there was a 79% decline of cotton output in the year 2020, which was a result of a drastic decrease in international prices because of the pandemic. Significant funding was reallocated from its previous non-priority investments to accommodate those most affected by the virus, and with the lack of foreign aid, the Malian government was forced to solely rely on its own financing. Therefore, funding was primarily filtered to pandemic needs, which restricted all other expenditures, thus propelling the recession.

This economic plummet has been greatly felt by the population of Mali. According to the World Bank, this recession affected nearly 900,000 more people. They have lost their homes, jobs, or livelihoods because of this tragedy. Mali is struggling to regain economic stamina after this massive COVID hit, as well as working towards recovery from the virus.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world, with the virus continuing to affect people across the globe, in ways big and small.

 

The virus poses the biggest threat to those who are immunocompromised, as well as those with limited access to quality and affordable healthcare. Many individuals who fit into these categories are the patients we see at our partner organization, Hope Center Clinic.

 

Not only is this pandemic consistently pressing and requires a plethora of medical equipment to properly combat, but now the presence of Monkeypox has complicated the matter and increased health risks for the local population.

Many African Member States have recently faced challenges with properly combatting Monkeypox. Given the lack of smallpox vaccinations, there is a larger percentage of the population that is susceptible to Monkeypox.

There is also a lack of testing for both COVID-19 and Monkeypox, which means that the actual number of cases in each country is likely far greater. 

GAIA Vaccine Foundation has taken initiative by partnering with Hope Center Clinic in Mali in anticipation for larger COVID-19 waves, and is now working to implement preventative measures against Monkeypox. One of the most immediate ways we can prevent infectious disease in Sikoro is through providing PPE at the clinic.

For just $10, a box of gloves can be provided to our staff of doctors and nurses. For $25, a box of masks. For larger donations, you would be providing adequate testing for our patients and continued support of our hardworking staff.

With your support, we will continue towards our project goal of protecting those who are most vulnerable during this unprecedented time.

Thank you for your support to GAIA VF!

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Vaccination rates agaisnt COVID-19 in Mali remain extremely low. Only 5.6% of the population is fully vaccinated against the virus, even though the vaccine is widely available. This stems from widespread mistrust in the vaccine and misinformation that is widely circulated in the West African country. 

Greater access to testing and general education on the virus is needed. GAIA Vaccine Foundation continues to educate about how to prevent COVID-19 at the clinic and through our Teen Peer Education Program. This has largely been done through a "storytelling cloth" which visually depicts how COVID-19 is transmitted and how it can be prevented (handwashing, mask wearing, social distancing). 

Please support GAIA Vaccine Foundation today to continue to educate people in the Sikoro community about COVID-19 and how this highly contagious virus can be prevented. 

Thank you for your support!

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