Our vaccination program will kick in to gear this month!
We are thrilled that the Alliance partners with over 120 villages in the Ouelessebougou region.
The vaccines prevent against nine diseases: Polio, Yellow Fever, Measles, Tuberculosis, Diptheria, Hepatitis A, the flu, tetanus, and vitamin A deficiency.
Our goal this year is to ensure that at lesat 95% of children in the region are fully vaccinated.
We are pleased to partner with the Malian government. While the govervnment has the means to provide vaccines at no-cost, they are unable to distribute them to rural communities. In an effort to reach even more people, the Ouelessebougou Alliance plans to train another individual on how to give vaccines and find ways for these indiviauls to get out to every community.
In Mali the rainy season has just ended. The rainy season is one of the worst times for diseases -- such as Malaria -- in Western Africa.
But the Ouelessebougou Alliance is determined to help limit the number of preventable diseases, especially among women and children.
Last year alone, the Alliance gave over 4,300 life saving vaccines to women and children in over 100 villages.
Our vaccines protect against 9 diseases and cost less than $15 to fully vaccinate one child.
As we enter the dry season, the Alliance continues to work in partnership with the government and village health workers to educate villagers on these diseases, the importance of vaccinations, and facilitating the vaccines.
We are proud of the villagers and the work they have been doing to ensure their families and villages are safe and healthy!
Below are two photos of young children who are already showing academic promise BEFORE they even enter Kindergarten. Both of these children have older siblings in school and often tag along to learn. One of the advantages their generation has is the Alliance's vaccination program.
We partner with the local hospital and the Ministry of Health to deliver lifesaving vaccines to rural villages. Our focus is on babies and childbearing women. Ouelessebougou Alliance Health Agents coordinate the vaccine visits and keep track of each child's vaccination status. These 2 children are current on vaccines which means they have a much higher chance to remain healthy, stay in school and learn.
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The Alliance is lucky that there are people all over the world who believe in the work we do. Some of our Global Giving friends even live in Europe and Africa.
It is part of our mission to educate local Utah students and community members about Mali and its people. Our hope is that by sharing our story and stories from our village friends, we nurture people to finally consider themselves "global citizens."
This concern and passion for others is evident in the enthusiastic response we received this year from three high schools who collectively have raised $7,200 for mosquito nets and vaccinations!
We are so close to reaching our goal of $25,000 raised toward life saving immunizations--only $3,304 left to go!
Fortunately, at the moment, Ebola has been contained in Mali. The government worked hard to spread the message about the virus and so did Ouelessebougou Alliance staff. We trained all 50 Health Agents and Matrons about the virus so they could return to their villages and spread the news to villagers.
The Alliance's Health program is not only the first line of defense for villagers, it is the ONLY line of defense. For remote, rural villages in developing countries, health care is simply not available. It isn't available, it isn't located close, it isn't affordable...it just isn't an option.
That is why a virus like Ebola can take hold so easily. There is a lack of information available to remote villagers. Sanitation and hygiene remain a constant battle. And medical personnel and supplies are greatly lacking.
Ouelessebougou Alliance invests in each village's health by providing health agents and matrons. We work with each village to help them set and reach their health goals through our Health Village Workshops. And we provide vaccinations and mosquito nets so that our youngest village friends have a fighting chance at their most vulnerable age.
Thanks for your support of our vaccination program and your belief in our mission!
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