Village families face many health risks and diseases every day. One in five children does not live past his or her fifth birthday because of preventative disease such as dysentery, measles and malaria. Disease prevention is key to enhancing the quality of life. The Alliance works with the villages to provide for their needs in sanitation, nutrition and disease prevention. Projects include mosquito netting, immunizations, bleach, hand-washing buckets, latrines, drinking wells, nutrition and gardening.
2017 – 2018 Projects
The populations at highest risk for malaria are children under the age of five and adults older than 50. Mosquito nets prove to be the best antidote for malaria prevention so the Alliance subsidizes the cost of the nets by selling them to villagers for $1 USD. Data strongly suggests that families do not have a proper understanding of the causes of malaria, so the Alliance includes health training with every net that is distributed. Mosquito nets cost approximately $7.50 USD on the market in Mali—a cost that villagers in rural communities cannot afford. A family of four can sleep under one net for up to 3 years—protecting them from one of Africa’s most life-threatening diseases.
This year the Alliance plans to distribute up to 1,000 nets.
The Alliance has a long-standing relationship with the government of Mali to provide vaccinations in villages in- and -around the Ouelessebougou commune. While the Malian government has the means to provide the vaccinations, they are unable to distribute them to villagers in rural communities. Vaccinations are given for the following 9 life-threatening diseases: polio, yellow fever, measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, hepatitis A, vitamin A deficiency, the flu, and tetanus.
This year the Alliance will provide approximately 4,300 vaccinations to babies and children under the age of 5 and to expecting mothers.
Nurturing Nutrition and Women’s Training Garden
The Alliance developed an agricultural program specifically aimed at village women. In partnership with Feed the World, Alliance staff will work with the Ouelessebougou Alliance Women’s Association garden to provide training and increase productivity. Additionally, the Alliance also provides nutrition training to 12 Alliance schools and a school garden in the village of Famana. The school garden replicates the Women’s Training Garden with the aim to teach village kids and their families on the importance of nutrition.
This year the Alliance will construct two wells for the school garden in Famana and continue to train women and children in the importance of a varied and nutritious diet.
Days for Girls
The Alliance partners with Days for Girls International to provide sustainable feminine hygiene solutions and health education to girls and women in Ouelessebougou. By providing access to this type of care and training, they receive the tools necessary to succeed. The Alliance shares Days for Girls’ goal to “empower every woman and girl to become an Ambassador of Women’s Health in her school, her neighborhood and her community.” The Days for Girls (DfG) project aligns with all three of the Alliance’s program initiatives: health, education and economic development. In the arena of health, girls and women are able to prevent disease and illness, open the doors for vital conversations about health and safety, and have access to sustainable feminine hygiene solutions.
This year the Alliance plans to open a enterprise in Ouelessebougou. The enterprise will support local women to meet the hygiene needs in their community by making and selling DfG kits at affordable price. This will provide even more access to DfG kits, create an income opportunity for DfG Ambassadors and provide long-term sustainable solutions.