This month, 952 women and children received vaccinations, thanks to the Ouelessebougou-Utah Alliance and many generous donors. These vaccinations change lives very dramatically and immediately. For Oumou Samake, a villager in Fadiobougou, vaccinations have changed everything. Her son died a few years ago from a preventable disease because she didn't know how to stop it. Now, with the training and vaccines provided by the Alliance, she knows how to keep her other four children healthy. Her four children are healthy and happy today. We join with her in thanking donors who made a small sacrifice and changed her world. Let us know if you would like more information!
a village scribe writes down a timeline for each of the health c
October 2008 was full of expeditions to Mali. During our stay in Ouelessebougou, our local Health and Economic Development Coordinators prepared and presented the "healthy village workshop" in the villages of Dialakoro Keleya and Bassa. They worked with the villagers to create a sustainable health plan for which they will have full ownership. It was amazing to see the sense of empowerment that came into the eyes of the village health council members.
The villagers recognize the lasting impact that the alliance is having in their lives. One villager said, "there are 14 NGOs in the area, but the only one making a difference in OUA… Your project is the only one that goes directly to the people. You have helped with the real needs."
We are grateful to our donors who give selflessly to our projects that are making a real change in the lives of Malian villagers. Thank you for your support!
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Health Council during "healthy village workshop"
The graduates in Dialakoro Keleya show their certificates.
This month the Alliance will begin its vaccination program for the year! 2,500 women and children will be vaccinated in 19 villages throughout the coming year.
During an administrative trip to Mali last year I was fortunate to visit the village of Djemene. It was the first time I witnessed the administration of vaccines. During this visit I met the Samaké family. When asked why she had her children vaccinated, Sabou, the mother, said, "To prevent disease… I see a big difference in the children that are and are not vaccinated. I want my children to grow fast and healthy.”
It is difficult to explain the gratitude that the villagers have for this program. It is truly improving the quality and enjoyment of many lives and is making a long-term difference for thousands of villagers!
In 2006, the Alliance was able to provide 600 new mosquito nets to village families in addition to the 1,150 nets distributed in previous years. Malaria related mortality rates continue to decrease in villages where nets are accessible and education and training for proper use facilitated.
This year, the Alliance was able to purchase vaccinations for $1.75 each. Alliance administered vaccinations include: polio, hepatitis A & B, MMR and yellow fever. Over 7,500 vaccinations were administered to children and women of child bearing ages in 2006.
The initiation of a new AIDS education and training manual began in 2006. The manual will be translated into the local dialect of Bamanakan and introduced to village health care workers in 2007.
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