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2014 update – good news

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 Students raising money for solar frig

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. 

Matron training grant

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.

Birth attendant training in safe delivery and supplies.

Medicine for Mali is mentioned in this Aid to Africa blog

http://www.aidforafrica.org/blog/providing-clean-water-blue-planet/

Recognition for Medicine for Mali and Jill DeVore

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.

Bexley Church donates scholarships

A big thank you to Bexley Methodist Church for donating 2 scholarships for top students to go to high school.

A scholarship winner

 

TTN, Altrusa collect school supplies.

These two energetic groups in Columbus, Ohio, have collected school supplies to encourage girls to stay in school and do well on tests. These school supplies will be given to the top 3 girl test takers on 3 tests.

A young girl who wants to learn.

Des Moines Register article

Be sure to read this good article by Tony Leys. It discusses Medicine for Mali’s work and the fact that the Medical Team is not going to Mali in 2013 but our work continues.

Aid for Africa blog

Check out this link. Aid for Africa
Aid 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.

Work in Mali Continues

Despite the political turmoil in Mali, most Medicine for Mali programs are occurring in the impoverished, remote area of 8,000 individuals that we serve. Sadly,American volunteers are not going to Mali in 2013. However, Medicine for Mali’s Director of Operations in Mali, Dr. Bagayoko and his able colleagues, direct our programs all year and will continue to do so in 2013. The actions of the rebels and Islamists are mainly in the remote northern part of the country, far from our area. Banks and ministries are functioning. Therefore; microfinance loans, clean water projects, scholarships, teacher training,birth attendant training, malaria prevention, immunizations, malnourishment prevention: all these life giving programs continue daily in the Medicine for Mali area with your help. Thank you very much!

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