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.
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.
Jill DeVore has been chosen one of 20 Outstanding Women for 2014 by radio station Sunny 95. This is due to the many people who work so hard and volunteer countless hours to make Medicine for Mali a successful, vibrant group. Thanks to you all.
A big thank you to Bexley Methodist Church for donating 2 scholarships for top students to go to high school.
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.