Mali continues to face tremendous challenges due to wide spread poverty, instability and conflict. Our motivation is grounded in the belief that building “human capital”—the potential of individuals—is the most important long term investment we can make for the villagers’ future prosperity and quality of life.
Families, villagers and the communities we serve have many health risks. Not all of them have access to clean water and electricity. Many children die from simple causes such as diarrhea, measles and pneumonia. Having accessibility to vaccinations and proper health care training can change everything for a young child. The Alliance provides vaccinations for nine life threatening illnesses to children under the age of five and to expectant mothers. Women wait for long hours and sometimes even days to make sure their children are vaccinated. The Alliance partners with the local government to provide nine vaccinations which include: polio, yellow fever, measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, the flu, and tetanus.
The Alliance also provides health training through Health Matrons & Agents in Ouelessebougou and its surrounding 24 villages. Education about disease prevention is key to enhancing the quality of life. One of our Health Matrons stated, “Since the village of Farani started receiving vaccinations they have only had one infant death in several years.”
Last year, 48 village Health Matrons and apprentices received training. Twenty out 25 villages have active Village Health councils. Last year 12,952 children 0-5 were vaccinated and 2,619 expectant mothers received maternal immunizations which is an increase of 83% from 2017/2018. Vaccinations continue to save live in Ouelessebougou and give villagers hope for a healthier future for their children. Thank you for your donation to our vaccination program, it makes a direct impact in the lives of many families in Ouelessebougou.