Thank you, Altrusa International Foundation Club 21 for another grant to fund our Public Health programs which to much to improve lives especially of women and children in an impoverished area of Mali. This grant will fund our continued effort to have all infants are getting a complete set of immunizations and all pregnant women receiving 3 or more prenatal visits. Village Drug Kits are helping many.
Altrusa International Foundation gives money to MFM for Public Health trainings and programs to prevent illness. Thank you, Altrusa!!!
Altrusa of Columbus gave MFM $3,000 for teacher training! Thank you! This grant will improve the lives of kids by improving the quality of their teachers.
Myrna Brown, a longtime, major supporter of MFM’s midwife training program, has published a book OF UNSEEN THINGS ABOVE about a young missionary in Burkina Faso (Mali's neighbor). It is a romantic story of life in W Africa in which the heroine must go on a spiritual journey. I related to this and enjoyed the book very muchRead More
We are thankful for a safe resolution to the terrorist take-over of the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako. Our condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. We are saddened because the peaceful, hospitable people of Mali live in poverty and have few resources before all this started.
This African Life film screening is at 7pm, Thursday, October 8, 2015, at the Bexley United Methodist Church, 2657 E Broad St. in Bexley Ohio.
Told through the eyes of 8-year-old Sokona Keita, this film reveals harsh realities of life in a West African village, even as she expresses optimism for her future. Sokona takes the viewer on an inside tour of her town and the lives of the women and children who struggle with daily survival. Q&A after film with film participants. Donations are for 1 clean water well. You can donate at screening or here on website.
Thank you to all the Drake University Pharmacy students who worked very hard for over a year to raise money for a solar frig inthe Health Center. A Great job!Read More
Good news that 6 more clean water wells have been dug.
This makes a total of 28 wells dug by MFM.
MFM is training the village health volunteers or relais on Ebola and how to give talks to the villagers to educate them on:
- what is Ebola
- what are the symptoms
- how can one prevent getting the virus
- how is Ebola transmitted
- what is the treatment for Ebola
All of the Medicine for Mali programs-Clean water, Micro-finance loans, Teacher training, are operating this year in Mali. In addition Public Health programs of Matrone training , malaria prevention, and immunizations are on-going this year. Our village volunteers have been trained and work hard on these things every month in their own villages. Dave and Drake U pharmacist John Rovers went to Mali in Feb, 2014. They got 4 new clean water wells installed in even more remote villages. Our villagers told them how much they appreciated the midwife coming to train their village matrones.
MFM hired a Malian doctor to hold a medical clinic in the Health Center. He was pleasantly surprised by the lack of diarrhea in our area. He had expected to see a lot of this. But, thanks to the clean water in these villages , he did not have patients will this ailment.
The rebellion in the north of Mali has not had a direct effect on our villages as they are far away from this trouble. We are thankful for that.
Ebola has not been found in Mali, as of this writing.
Drake University students in Iowa are raising money for a solar refrigerator for to keep vaccines at correct temperature. So far they have raised $1700, about 1/2 of their goal. Great Job!!! Photo of young mothers and their children waiting for immunizations in one of our villages.
Thanks to Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund for a grant to bring a midwife to the village matrons to increase the skills in safe, clean delivery and Prenatal visits.
Medicine for Mali will be putting in 4 more clean water wells this spring in 4 villages that do not have clean water. Clean water is the basis of health. We are very happy to be able to announce this.
Good news: all of Medicine for Mali’s is continuing this year, even though the American team could not make it’s yearly visit this winter. For example:
4 new villages (3500 people) will be getting clean water wells this year.
The Malian doctor who held MFM med clinics this year was surprised by the lack of stomach and intestinal aliments in the villagers. He said the clean water wells were the reason, and he thanked MFM for this.
New Micro-finance loans went out to 350 people in 8 villages in 2013.
School-teacher trainings are being held in the villages’ schools. All MFM trained teachers have passed their evaluations. Scholarship students are receiving their money to go to high school in the capital.
A Midwife is coming for monthly prenatal visits to assist and teach the village matrons. Many more women are coming for prenatal visits now!
Monthly Immunizations sessions in all villages are occurring. Malaria prevention talks and weighing of children for malnutrition are continuing.
Check out this link. Aid for AfricaAid for Africa posted a nice article about Medicine for Mali and the fact that our work continues in Mali in 2013 even though a trip by American volunteers is not possible this year.
Columbus International Programs (CIP) has given Medicine for Mali $1000 for text books for our area of 8,000 people. In these times of difficulty in Mali, this concrete offer of aid for the children will demonstrate Americans concern for Malians. Thank you so much, CIP!