By Emily Muir - Spread the Love through Vaccinations
Help Ouelessebougou Alliance Spread the LOVE and LIFT the lives of village children this week of Valentine's. Help us vaccinate 400 children in Mali. It is staggering how easy it is to spend $5 in the United States when just $5 covers the cost to vaccinate one child against 9 life threatening diseases. Our administration team recently returned from Mali and while there met with the chief of the Ouelessebougou Hospital. His desires for the local villagers were clear and the needs for more vaccinations is great and overwhelming!
Most of the diseases that kill children in Mali are entirely preventable. Ouelessebougou Alliance works in partnership with the local government to provide vaccinations to children ages 0-5 and expecting mothers. Children most at risk in Mali are newborns and if not vaccinated face great hardship. Vaccinations protect against disease but also help build immunity and provide a healthier start for children that face other issues such as malnutrition and extreme poverty. The biggest challenge is the hospital and local government do not have enough funding to meet the local demand for vaccinations. They also do not have the means to distribute the vaccinations to the surrounding villages of the Ouelessebougou Region. The Health Agents and Health Matrons in the 25 villages the Alliance supports are able to facilitate and organizes the vaccination process in these rural and remote areas. Mother's in these areas are given vaccination cards and track their children's health records closely.
In 2020, the Alliance hopes to provide up to 2500 children and 500 expecting mothers with vaccinations. The live threatening diseases we protect against are polio, yellow fever, measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, hepatitis A and B, tetanus and the flu. In addition to the maternal vaccinations.
Help us spread the LOVE this Valentines Day and save a life for $5 in Mali, West Africa. We often spend $5 on lunch while $5 in Mali is extremely difficult for a village family to earn and most often can equal up to 2-3 days of work. This week of Valentines Day we hope to raise $2000 for vaccinations in Ouelessebougou Region. Your donation will save a life in Mali.
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