Ouelessebougou Alliance, Murray, United Stateshttp://www.lifteachother.org
Ouelessebougou Alliance, Murray, United Stateshttp://www.lifteachother.org
7,500 vaccinations are provided for mothers and children in rural villages. Training is provided in 24 remote villages to prevent disease, including: AIDS, malaria, hygiene, wound care and more.
Village families in the rural areas of Ouelessebougou face many health risks and diseases every day. Health education and disease prevention are key to enhancing the quality and longevity of life. Villagers do not have access to clean water or electricity. Many children die from simple causes such as diarrhea, measles and pneumonia and do not live past their fifth birthday. The Alliance provides vaccinations for more than 28,000 villagers in 30 rural villages.
Disease prevention training is provided for health workers, who then provide training for village families. Vaccinations are administered for women and children. The Alliance provides more than 5,000 vaccinations for villagers in 30 villages in and around the Ouelessebougou area. More than 60,000 vaccinations have been provided by the Alliance since 2003.
Vaccinations decrease the likelihood of contracting diseases and in an area where diseases are prevelent, such as Ouelessebougou, vaccinations truly save lives for hundreds of village women and children every year. Villagers are urged to attend health trainings to openly discuss and find solutions to the health concerns in their villages.
Our vaccination program will kick in to gear within the next month. We are thrilled to include 23 new villages this year for a total of 121 villages in the Ouelessebougou region of Mali, West Africa that will receive immunizations.
The vaccines prevent against nine diseases: polio, yellow fever, measles, tuberculosis, diptheria, hepatitis A, the flu, tetanus, and vitamin A deficiency.
Our goal this year is to ensure that at lesat 95% of children in the region are fully vaccinated.
We are pleased to partner with the Malian government. While the govervnment has the means to provide vaccines at no-cost, they are unable to distribute them to rural communities. In an effort to reach even more people, the Ouelessebougou Alliance plans to train another individual on how to give vaccines.
YOUR support is a life saver. Truly. Thank you!!!
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.
Thank you for your support!
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.
Ouelessebougou Alliance Staff and Board
April 5, 2012
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.
Ouelessebougou Alliance staff
It's been a fantastic year for disease prevention in Ouelessebougou, but as villagers approach the rainy season they are anxious to have access to mosquito nets to protect them from the mosquito-borne disease, malaria. They are also anxious to get the last round of vaccinations for the year to protect them from other life-threatening diseases. Village health workers are working hard before the rainy season comes to keep their villages clean and improve the overall health of village families.
This year, the Alliance hopes to provide nearly 5,500 vaccinations—for 2,300 women and children. This brings the total vaccinations that Ouelessebougou has provided in the Ouelessebougou area and surrounding villages to 60,000 since 2003! Although 20% of Malian children die before the age of five, less than 1% of the children in villages where we work die from vaccine preventable deaths. 92.8% of children under five in villages where we work are fully vaccinated, whereas nationally, the numbers are less than 50%.
The Alliance has also provided 600 mosquito nets for village families this year. Because a family of four can sleep under one net, these new nets will protect 2,400 more individuals. Since the Alliance began offering nets at a $1 cost to villagers, we have distributed nearly 5,000 nets since 2004! Unfortunately there are hundreds of villagers that continually request nets from our Mali staff and we haven't been able to fill their requests yet. This year we hope to double the amount of nets we've been providing each year to continue to meet the rising need.
Thanks for your help in making all of these projects come to pass!
Dear Global Givers,
The holiday season is a time to give thanks for all that we have . . . and a time to give help to those who are less fortunate than we are.
While we enjoy our holiday feasts, rural Malians fight against disease, poverty, illiteracy, and long odds to prosper or even to survive. According to UNICEF, one in every 5 Malian children does not live to see his or her fifth birthday, and only approximately 20% of those who make it to adulthood can write their own names. In this time of giving, we must look to the less fortunate and help them to overcome their arduous struggle.
The Ouelessebougou Alliance’s programs are grass-roots movements that instigate social change, sustainable development and greatly increased education, as well as significant improvements in health and sanitation. Thanks to generous contributors like you, nearly 95% of the children in Ouelessebougou villages are vaccinated – twice the rate in the rest of the country; girls’ enrollment in village schools where the Alliance works is 21% higher than national girls’ school enrollment in Mali, thanks to Alliance workers talking to parents about the importance of educating girls and increasing the availability of education in the area; and the Alliance provides business training and the capital for micro-loans that allow villagers to become entrepreneurs. Your donation helps us continue to provide these life-changing tools in one of the worlds most impoverished rural regions, providing not only fish for a day, but also the education and training to fish for a lifetime.
Spread a little holiday cheer to Mali.
Best wishes in the holiday season and the New Year!
Thanks to donors like you, the Alliance's vaccination work in Mali continues to save lives. This year, the Alliance provided 5,369 vaccinations to women and children throughout thirty villages. These vaccinations include polio, yellow fever, measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, hepatitis A, vitamin A deficiency, the flu, and tetanus. A total of 2,300 women and children were vaccinated.
In total, 92.8% of children under five in Alliance villages are fully vaccinated, whereas nationally, the numbers are less than 50%.
These vaccinations help cut down on the devastating death toll among Ouelessebougou's children: though 20% of Malian children die before the age of five, less than 1% of the children in Alliance villages died from vaccine preventable deaths.
I want to take this opportunity to congratulate you on the progress you have helped to make, and to thank you once again for your generous contributions. I encourage you to keep up with our projects and give in the future, so that we can continue to change the lives of Ouelessebougou villagers for the better.
We have just finished successfully distributing more than 600 mosquito nets in Mali, and people in several villages are asking for more. We do not give them away for free, but ask for a small fee ($1 USD), in order for the people to know the value of the nets. Still, our field director in Mali tells us the people of the Ouelesseboug region are asking for 600 more net.
And when you contribute now, your donation will be mutliplied! Starting October 12, GlobalGiving is matching all donations at 30%, 40%, or 50%. If you've been waiting for the best moment to donate to one of our projects on Global Giving, now is the best time ever.
This is how the match percentage program works:
Donation Percentage Match
$10 - $499 30%
$500 - $999 40%
$1,000 - $2,500 50%
There is $100,000 available in matching funds. The campaign will run until Oct 21 or until matching funds run out.
So please, donate to our projects, and we also encourage you to tell your friends about this opportunity.
In addition to the match, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds between October 12 - 21, and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors!
We are happy to report that 5,369 woman and children received vaccinations this fiscal year (June 2009 - July 2010) in the Ouelessebougou Region of Mali.
Amazingly, the government of Mali offers free vaccinations, but they don't have a way to deliver the vaccines to rural areas. That's where we step in, providing transportation and pay for physicians to give the vaccinations. Our relationship with village healthcare workers makes the process seamless.
On the days we bring the vaccinations to the villages, woman and children line up since they know the value and importance of receiving these vaccines. The simple shots can prevent life-threatening diseases and save hundreds of lives. The Alliance really hopes to expand the vaccination program in coming years to rural villages that don't have this opportunity.
Studies show that if we can vaccinate enough people in the area, some of these diseases can be eradicated all together in these villages.
A recent assessment found that 94% of children under 5 in Alliance villages have been fully vaccinated. Nationally, only about 38% of children are fully vaccinated. Further analysis showed that for every 100 children who were vaccinated, one child was spared from dying of yellow fever. What a success! that means that for every $150 donated, a life was saved!
The Alliance is working with villages to establish their own health plans. These plans consist of priorities, timelines and assessments overseen by the villagers themselves. Recently, the chief of Seliban, Siriba Samake, told us that he has seen a substantial increase in vaccinations in his village because of two factors: the alliance provides the vaccinations, and the village (through their health plan) has taken more responsibility for getting their children immunized.
The villagers in the Ouelessebougou commune always express gratitude to the Alliance for providing these life-saving vaccines. But we know it wouldn't be possible without you. Thank you, donors, for your generous support! Please let us know what you think!
This month, 952 women and children received vaccinations, thanks to the Ouelessebougou-Utah Alliance and many generous donors. These vaccinations change lives very dramatically and immediately. For Oumou Samake, a villager in Fadiobougou, vaccinations have changed everything. Her son died a few years ago from a preventable disease because she didn't know how to stop it. Now, with the training and vaccines provided by the Alliance, she knows how to keep her other four children healthy. Her four children are healthy and happy today. We join with her in thanking donors who made a small sacrifice and changed her world. Let us know if you would like more information!
October 2008 was full of expeditions to Mali. During our stay in Ouelessebougou, our local Health and Economic Development Coordinators prepared and presented the "healthy village workshop" in the villages of Dialakoro Keleya and Bassa. They worked with the villagers to create a sustainable health plan for which they will have full ownership. It was amazing to see the sense of empowerment that came into the eyes of the village health council members.
The villagers recognize the lasting impact that the alliance is having in their lives. One villager said, "there are 14 NGOs in the area, but the only one making a difference in OUA… Your project is the only one that goes directly to the people. You have helped with the real needs."
We are grateful to our donors who give selflessly to our projects that are making a real change in the lives of Malian villagers. Thank you for your support!
Please feel free to leave comments if you would like more information.
In the months of June and July, our staff in Mali have been very busy! They have been out to 12 villages to distribute close to 6000 vaccines! We are so excited about the great work they are doing.
This month the Alliance will begin its vaccination program for the year! 2,500 women and children will be vaccinated in 19 villages throughout the coming year.
During an administrative trip to Mali last year I was fortunate to visit the village of Djemene. It was the first time I witnessed the administration of vaccines. During this visit I met the Samaké family. When asked why she had her children vaccinated, Sabou, the mother, said, "To prevent disease… I see a big difference in the children that are and are not vaccinated. I want my children to grow fast and healthy.”
It is difficult to explain the gratitude that the villagers have for this program. It is truly improving the quality and enjoyment of many lives and is making a long-term difference for thousands of villagers!
In 2006, the Alliance was able to provide 600 new mosquito nets to village families in addition to the 1,150 nets distributed in previous years. Malaria related mortality rates continue to decrease in villages where nets are accessible and education and training for proper use facilitated.
This year, the Alliance was able to purchase vaccinations for $1.75 each. Alliance administered vaccinations include: polio, hepatitis A & B, MMR and yellow fever. Over 7,500 vaccinations were administered to children and women of child bearing ages in 2006.
The initiation of a new AIDS education and training manual began in 2006. The manual will be translated into the local dialect of Bamanakan and introduced to village health care workers in 2007.