Project #1666

Health care for 30,000 slum residents in Mali

by Mali Health Organizing Project
Dec 23, 2008

MHOP lays the first brick of our clinic and health innovation trial center!

The first bricks
The first bricks

This Saturday, December 20th, MHOP laid the first brick of our community clinic to serve the residents of Sourakabougou and residents of four other slum neighborhoods to the north east of Bamako, Mali. The brick-laying was nationally televised in Mali by ORTM (the Malian Office of Radio and Television). The launch was attended by all the town dignitaries, representatives of the mayor's office, the US Embassy, and the various health structures in Bamako. Located several kilometers from paved road, but right next to the market and school in Sourakabougou, our clinic is located to maximize accessibility to the least served residents of the city. Additionally, we are forging partnerships with the FENASCOM (national association of community clinics) and the Millennium Development Goals Center of West and Central Africa to use our clinic as an innovation trial site for new health financing, leader-training, and clinical care protocols. Thank you to every donor who has made this happen, the Government of Mali, Liz and Malcolm Chace, the US Ambassador's special Self-Help Fund, and the Peace Corps (Sara Rosen). Thank you especially to the residents of Sikoro/Sourakabougou who have given thousands of hours of work to create their own health system, our Malian director, and our many interns. The clinic will be constructed in three phases: Phase 1: 6-room clinic (Opening in April, 2009) Phase 2: 6-room maternity, child health center, and external compound. (December, 2009) Phase 3: Soccer field, nutritional support garden, and outdoor education center. (March, 2010) When it is fully operational, we anticipate roughly 50,000 visits per year. THANK YOU!

The blessing dance
The blessing dance
The team
The team
  • brucewhitehouse
    brucewhitehouse Thanks for the info - perhaps you could specify whether this was the same ceremony originally set for September. I hope you won't take this suggestion the wrong way: I'm familiar with the delays inherent in such projects, and all the problems that can arise. Personally I'd like to hear about the hangups and... Read more »
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  • ccohen
    ccohen Yup, this is the same brick-laying as was intended for late september. It was pushed back for two reasons: 1) we hadn't raised the full funding by September 27th as we had anticipated and 2) the mayor's office was extremely slow in giving us the permission to construct on the piece of public property. There are... Read more »
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Mali Health Organizing Project

Location: Cambridge, MA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Caitlin Cohen
US Coordinator
Westminster Station, Vermont United States

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