We have gathered our final data on vaccinations for the Ouelessebougou Alliance 2021-2022 fiscal year and the results are staggering. Thanks to you, 12,000 children ages 0-5 have been vaccinated against nine life-threatening diseases including polio, yellow fever, measles, and more. In addition to the children, 2,600 expectant mothers received maternal immunizations, helping our cause even further. One in ten children born in Mali passes away by the age of five years old. Our immunization efforts are helping to reduce that number, one vaccine at a time.
Thanks to your generosity and our partnership with the Ouelessebougou health district, these vaccines are provided completely free of charge to the children and mothers receiving them. Even those who live in small, isolated villages receive vaccines from a traveling healthcare worker who brings the vaccines on his or her motorcycle across the rough terrain. Small groups of mothers and children meet under the village mango tree to receive their vaccines. Thousands of others gather in rural health centers to become vaccinated. Their immunization card is one of the few pieces of paper they save and safeguard. They have learned to understand the critical importance of regular vaccines.
All of us at Ouelessebougou Alliance thank you for your generosity in this life-saving effort. Thanks to your donations, we have achieved record success in saving children’s lives in Mali. With just 42 days left in 2022, please donate today and help us raise an additional $1,650 to reach our project goal of $40,000 by the end of the year. No amount is too small. Help give the gift of LIFE. Thank you.
Happy Mother With Her Healthy, Vaccinated Children
Since our last report, our hard working employees in Mali were able to distrubute several life saving vaccinations. In March, we successfully vaccinated a total of 2,976 people! Of those, 817 were pregnant women and 82 children. Thanks to all of your generous donations, 2,976 people are less likely to contract polio, yellow fever, measles, and more.
Our vaccination program is vital for many of the communities we serve. These vaccinations enable people to live longer and healthier lives. The vaccinations we provide are free of charge for children. One of the goals that we have for our vaccination program is to ensure that children under five are able to receive vaccinations. Children under five are one of the groups that are most at risk for contracting these life threatening diseases. By getting these vaccinations, they are more likely to survive into adulthood.
Thank you for your contrubutions toward this project! Together, we can help people receive life saving vaccinations.
We are continuing to administer vaccines to children in the Ouelessebougou reigon. Our field director, Djiba, is working on collecting more demographic data to expand the reach of the vaccination program, especially to pregnant women. Getting vaccinations to pregnant women and children is essentail because they are more at risk for contracting diseases that could turn fatal. March is typically the month when vaccinations are distributed, and we collect the data for them in April. Our field director and his team are hard at work at distributing the vaccines and collecting the data.
We are excited to continue the development of this program! We appreciate your support in our ongoing vaccination efforts.
Vaccinations continue to be a life-saving resource for hundreds of Malians in Ouelessebougou and the surrounding areas. When the practitioners come into the villages to administer the immunizations, women line up to have their babies and older children vaccinated. Most women have had a child or know of a child that has passed away due to preventable diseases so they are very grateful for these life-saving shots.
Many have asked if there are COVID vaccinations available to Malians. The answer is yes, in the larger cities. COVID vaccines have been distributed where people are in contact with one another more frequently and this seems to be effective as Africa's COVID rate remains low. Many of our villages receive very few visitors so they have also been able to avoid the virus.
We will continue to fight to keep vaccinations readily available to our villagers, especially pregnant women and children. With your help, we will continue to save hundreds of lives in the villages surrounding Ouelessebougou. Thank you
Due to the conflict in central and northern Mali, there has been an influx of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) seeking refuge in their region of Ouelessebougou. Women like Mariam were forced to flee from their homes and take their children on the long-trek south to find safety. Several of the Ouelessebougou Alliance's partner villages have opened up their communities and allowed these IDP families, mostly led by women, to settle on their land.
Mariam shared with us her struggles and those of the others who recently settled in the village of Sounsounkoro. "We came to Ouelessebougou with nothing, but we are anxious to build a future here," she said. "Our biggest concerns are for our children. We want them to lead a healthy and safe life."
We know that childhood vaccinations are the best chance for a Malian child's survival. One in ten children in Mali dies before the age of five of preventable diseases. There is an increased risk for internally displaced children, whose families do not have access to healthcare.
This is why Ouelessebougou Alliance's vaccination program is so important. We invest in a locally operated, multi-year vaccination program to ensure that more children under the age of five survive. Our program reaches the most vulnerable in Ouelessebougou, a rural region of villages that is continually underserved by the government. We provide vaccinations FREE of charge to children under the age of 5 that protect them from diseases such as yellow fever, measles, and tuberculosis.
We are committed to expanding our efforts to include immunizations for children of Internally Displaced Persons who have settled in our partner villages. By investing in their children's health and providing routine vaccinations, together we can give them a brighter future.
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