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.
We have completed the first round of vaccinations for the year and are looking forward to completing two more rounds by the end of June. The Ouelessebougou Alliance currently provides vaccinations for 77 villages and because of the need and benefit of the program we are looking to expand our vaccination efforts to 20+ new villages this year.
The simple act of being vaccinated can mean the difference between life and death for villagers of all ages. Our partnership with the local hospital has made our vaccination program effective and affordable. We are excited to reach out to other villages that continue to suffer from preventable diseases.
VACCINATION PROGRAM SAVES LIVES and NEEDS CONTINUATION The Ouelessebougou Alliance's vaccination program has been a leading intervention for disease prevention in the area of Ouelessebougou, Mali for many years. Villagers know that the simple practice of getting immunized can mean the difference between life and death. Mothers are committed to having their children be 100% vaccinated and they are so grateful for the support of donors that give their children the chance of a healthy and comfortable life. Because the villages we work in are in rural areas, villagers would not have access to vaccinations if it weren't for our ability to get the vaccinations to them.
As we look to the future, we are happy to announce that we will be continuing our vaccination program as villagers have eagerly asked us to do so. Our delivery system is strong and our relationship with the local government and village leaders is exceptional. We look forward to continuing this important and life-saving program.
Thank you for your generosity and continued support.
Sincerely, Ouelessebougou Alliance Staff and Board
Each year our administrative team has the opportunity to travel to Ouelessebougou to check up on projects and meet with our staff and village leaders. During a visit to the village of Djenfing our administrative team had the opportunity to witness the vaccination man administer vaccinations for many children. Our Board Chairman had these thoughts about the experience...
"In mid-afternoon, a grizzly looking guy with tattered clothing and a beard cruised in on his motorbike and jovially greeted the villagers. It turns out that he’s the vaccination man from the Ouelessebougou Health Center coming to give his next round of vaccinations to the children: Polio, Measles, Diphtheria, and Yellow Fever. It was very heart-warming to see a crowd of young mothers gather ‘round with their babies. They all brought their immunization cards (usually wrapped neatly in a plastic bag) and the vaccinator had a book with very good records. It’s good to know that the Ouelessebougou Alliance assists in the expenses of getting this man out to the villages to provide the vaccines."
In an area of the world where disease is so prevalent, vaccinations are the key to prevention and overall health. Thank you for your support of this important work. You are our key to preventing disease and saving lives in Ouelessebougou, West Africa!
We have completed our first round of vaccinations for the year in 30 rural villages in and around the Ouelessebougou area. In January and May the Alliance will complete two more rounds of vaccinations--totalling almost 6,000 vaccinations for the year.
Village families in the rural areas of Ouelessebougou continue to face many health risks and diseases every day. In Mali, one in five children does not live past his or her fifth birthday due to preventable diseases such as dysentery, measles and malaria.
The good news--93% of children under the age of five are fully vaccinated in villages where the Alliance provides vaccinations, whereas nationally the numbers are less than 50%. Thank you for helping us continue to prevent disease for families in 30 rural villages.
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