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In rural Mali, maternal and child health services are woefully lacking. With few clinics and trained health workers nearby, women typically receive no health care during their pregnancies and then give birth at home without the benefit of a skilled attendant.

Under these conditions, pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of death for young women in Mali, while infant mortality rates are among the highest in the world.

That’s why we’re investing in maternal and child health. With your support, we’re helping the people of Barouéli rehabilitate clinics, purchase equipment and medicine, train staff, improve outreach, and increase local awareness of the importance of accessing skilled health care – during pregnancy, child birth, and beyond, including regular checkups and vaccinations for children in their first five years of life.

“I can see that there are now fewer and fewer mothers and children dying in my village,” says one local Chief. “There was a time when every week I would hear about another death, but there has been a huge change since we started working with Plan. Women are having prenatal checkups, children are being vaccinated, and many diseases that used to kill children in our village have ceased.”

With your help, comprehensive efforts have yielded measurable results. In recent months, your donations have supported 3 health facilities serving Barouéli, providing:

  • More than 800 pregnant women with at least 1 prenatal care visit
  • Vital checkups for more than 350 newborns within the first 3 days of life
  • More than 650 infants with vaccinations to protect against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and the influenza bacteria that causes meningitis and pneumonia – all leading killers of children under five
  • Vaccination against measles for more than 650 babies under 1 year old.

Thanks to your support, this investment has already made a world of difference to hundreds of women, thousands of children, and all of their families – and it will only get better, as we continue to expand the range of sustainable programs that make the health of mothers and children a community priority.

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