A healthy body and mind are the foundation for a bright future.
Without health, nothing much matters. You need wellness to work, learn, study and grow. In order to help communities break the cycle of poverty, we must begin by ensuring access to healthcare.
In Kita, Mali, where more than half the population lives on less than $1.25 per day, healthcare clinics are few and far between – locals typically have to travel 15km just to see a doctor. Not to mention, many traditional clinics are poorly equipped and fail to meet basic sterilization requirements, posing a further risk to anyone seeking treatment.
However, thanks to Plan International Canada’s Community Sponsorship Program and the contributions of our generous donors, healthcare facilities in Kita have now been upgraded, and the doors to a brand new maternity centre are officially open.
Delivering hope to women and children
In Kita, 15% of all newborns will die before their first birthday, and this is because nearly half of all births take place at home without a skilled medical worker present. This practice not only endangers the child, but also the mother.
With the newly built maternity centre, the community will combat the high infant and maternal mortality rates by ensuring access to clean water, comfortable beds, crucial vaccines, and high-quality treatment that has the power to save lives.
A safe, clean upgrade
With limited access to clean water and poor waste management systems, Kita’s existing clinic posed a serious risk to the surrounding community.
We worked with community members to create a safer, more hygienic healthcare environment by upgrading the clinic with the following:
- Effective waste management – To dispose of biomedical wastes, such as used needles, incinerators were installed and healthcare workers were trained on appropriate safety procedures, operation and long-term maintenance.
- Infrastructure for sanitation – New ramp-accessible latrines and piped water helps prevent human waste from contaminating the clinic.
- Solar power – Without electricity, the clinic would often perform complicated medical procedures in the dim glow of candlelight. Now that solar power has been introduced, healthcare workers and patients will enjoy additional comfort and safety.
A blossoming community
This is just the beginning of Kita’s incredible journey from poverty to development and sustainability, and it would not be possible without the support of our wonderful supporters – like you!
Plan International Canada’s Community Sponsorship Program is an impactful way to help communities develop the tools and learn the skills to be self-sufficient in order to provide for their children and future generations. Contributions made to the community support holistic projects that address such areas as:
- Maternal and child health
- Water and sanitation
You can help transform lives by supporting our Community Sponsorship Program.