The Alliance has a long-standing relationship with the government of Mali to provide vaccinations in and around the Ouelessebougou area. The Alliance will provide a total of 4,300 vaccinations in over 125 villages this year! Nine diseases will be prevented through our vaccination program: polio, yellow fever, measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, hepatitis A, the flu, and tetanus. Vaccinations are available to children ages 0-18 as well as expectant mothers.
Village families in the rural areas of Ouelessebougou face many health risks and diseases every day. Health education and disease prevention are key to enhancing the quality and longevity of life. Villagers do not have access to clean water or electricity. Many children die from simple causes such as diarrhea, measles and pneumonia and do not live past their fifth birthday. The Alliance provides vaccinations for more than 28,000 villagers in 30 rural villages.
Disease prevention training is provided for health workers, who then provide training for village families. Vaccinations are administered for women and children. The Alliance provides more than 5,000 vaccinations for villagers in 30 villages in and around the Ouelessebougou area. More than 60,000 vaccinations have been provided by the Alliance since 2003.
Vaccinations decrease the likelihood of contracting diseases and in an area where diseases are prevelent, such as Ouelessebougou, vaccinations truly save lives for hundreds of village women and children every year. Villagers are urged to attend health trainings to openly discuss and find solutions to the health concerns in their villages.
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