Our vaccination program is more than than just a shot to protect children from 9 deadly diseases. It is a chance at getting a better education. It is a chance to grow and develop into a strong individual. It is a chance at a higher income. It is a chance to have your own children.
Our village children face many obstacles to a bright future. A so-called "case of diarrhea" can be a deadly event for a child in Mali. Stepping on a rusty nail can lead to severe complications. Our vaccination program gives our village children a fighting chance at a brighter future.
We are committed to continuing this important program in partnership with the Malian government. Village parents are committed to following through on all 3 vaccination rounds. And, I hope you remain committed to supporting our efforts.
We just got back from our adminstrative expedition trip to Mali. We had the chance to tour the local public hospital in Ouelessebougou and meet the staff there. It was a humbling experience to see the conditions they work in and the miracles they try to bring about. We saw an infant dying in his young mother's arms and met a set of twins who were born one hour earlier--strong, healthy baby boys being held by their grandmothers. Life and death are constant companions in this region of the world.
The Alliance's health projects exist to educate villagers about how they can improve their own lives and the lives of their children. Our vaccination program is a major component of our overall health goals. And we could not do it without the unique parnertship between the Malian Ministry of Health, the Ouelessebougou Public Hospital, and the young men who are trained to do the vaccinations in remote locations.
Below are a few pictures of one of these young men getting ready to head out to a village.
The Alliance is now providing vaccinations in over 125 villages in and around Ouelessebougou, Mali. Mali's Ministry of Health helps provide the vaccines but does not have the resources or people power to reach rural villages. Which is where we have stepped in. We already have a strong presence in this region of Mali and through our Village Health Agents we are able to communicate and work with many villagers.
In reviewing the success of our vaccination program, we know we can provide even more life-saving vaccinations to children and mothers if we invest in training another person to provide those vaccines. Help us double our numbers to over 12,000 vaccines per year by investing in our vaccination program.
Our vaccination program will kick in to gear within the next month. We are thrilled to include 23 new villages this year for a total of 121 villages in the Ouelessebougou region of Mali, West Africa that will receive immunizations.
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.
We are wrapping up our 12-13 fiscal year and are so pleased to share with you that we expanded our vaccination program to an additional 22 villages. We now work with 99 villages in the the Ouelessebougou region.
And the exciting news is that we will continue to expand during the 13-14 fiscal year. I promise to share final numbers with you once our field director completes his assessments and I will let you know how many more children we plan to reach this upcoming year.
Your support is not taken for granted! The simple act of being vaccinated can mean the difference between life and death for villagers of all ages so thank you again for making a difference.
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