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Effective Health Agents & Matrons

Each of our 25 partnering villages has a resident Health Agent, Health Matron and Matron Apprentice. They are the first line of defense against health related issues. As well-respected individuals in their communities, the Health Agent and Matron work with the Village Health Council and villagers to achieve health goals in sanitation, nutrition and disease prevention. They are able to provide sustainable solutions that improve the quality of life for thousands of villagers in the region of Ouelessebougou.

Health Agents play a significant role in creating a healthy village environment for nearly 25,000 villagers. They work closely with the Healthy Village and Education Councils to determine and achieve hygiene and sanitation goals. Health Agents are critical to the Alliance’s success in distributing mosquito nets and vaccines in the villages in and around Ouelessebougou. They also provide basic wound care and CPR, assess other simple health issues and identify common diseases that require further care.

Health Matrons & Apprentices provide pre-natal advice to expectant mothers and are available to help with child delivery either in the village or at the public hospital.  They also provide critical guidance to new mothers by teaching them the importance of nutrition, breastfeeding and the first 1,000 days of a baby’s life. Matrons also educate the villagers on women’s health issues. The matrons pass their knowledge on to the younger apprentices ensuring a seamless transition as the older matrons phase out of this important work.

Effective Health Councils & Plans

To identify the most urgent health needs in each village, Healthy Village Workshops were created in 2005.  Village chiefs form Village Health Councils and the Alliance facilitates planning sessions to help villagers identify their goals for a healthier village. The Healthy Village Workshop is a three phase process with villages completing one phase a year. Since these health plans began, incidences of malaria and diarrhea have decreased by significant amounts. Village cleanliness has improved and families are taught the importance of clean water solutions, vaccinations and proper sanitation.

Danene Torgerson (2019 – 2020 Board Chair), the Mali Staff and the Village Health Council of Folona after the completion of Phase III of the Healthy Village Workshop