Health
 Mali
Project #3036

Facilitating Access to Tuberculosis Care in Mali

by GAIA Vaccine Foundation
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Summary

Malian peer-educators teach community members how to recognize the symptoms of tuberculosis and how to seek proper medical attention, with costs and transport covered by GAIA.
$1,500
total raised
30
donors
0
monthly donors
7
years active

Challenge

Mali has one of the lowest tuberculosis (TB) case detection rates in the world. Currently over 80% of Malians who suffer from tuberculosis remain undiagnosed, and thus cannot benefit from the free TB treatment provided by the government. In Sikoro, lack of education coupled with extreme poverty make it especially difficult for residents to access health resources. The TB BOLO program is needed to sensitize the community about TB and facilitate access to testing and treatment.

Solution

GAIA educates around 1000 community members per month, and brings potential TB cases to the local clinic and hospital for medical attention. By detecting cases early, our patients are more likely to survive and less likely to transmit the disease.

Long-Term Impact

When TB cases are detected early, they are more likely to survive, and less likely to spread the disease to others. TB-BOLO could stem TB transmission in Sikoro and provide an example to the rest of Mali and beyond.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

Resources

http:/​/​www.gaiavaccine.org
General Info on Tuberculosis
TB-Bolo Blog
Example of Case-Detection Study

Organization Information

GAIA Vaccine Foundation

Location: Providence, RI - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.gaiavaccine.org
Project Leader:
GAIA Vaccine Foundation
Founder
Providence, Rhode Island United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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