Knowledge and skills are powerful tools, especially where resources are scarce.

With the right information and some confidence, communities can transform health, and the way it is delivered. We ensure that mothers, caregivers, and community members have the information they need to maintain good health, or to seek care when needed.

Given how essential community participation is to a thriving community health system in Mali, we help more community members, especially women, engage with their health system. 

                   OUR STRATEGIES                  

Media and Communication

 Whether through debates on our popular Health Radio program or skits at community events,  our team uses a variety of communication methods – interpersonal, mid-media or mass media – to share important health information that can help thousands of families prevent illness and maintain good health.

We also mark moments in the calendar like Mother’s Day, Global Handwashing Day, and World Breastfeeding Week, which give us opportunities to host community-wide events and reach much broader audiences with relevant health information.

Health Fairs

We work with partner health centers to host Health Fairs each year, which allow us to reach hundreds more families with health information and services.

We offer free health consultations, malaria tests, diabetes testing, and cervical cancer screening for women of reproductive age. Our community health workers mobilize the community to attend and share important health information with those who do. During the fairs, we often serve over 1,000 patients in a single day. We also screen each family to see if they might be eligible for community health worker services and we let mothers know about our health savings groups.

ASACO Membership
Becoming a member of the community health association (ASACO) is one of the most important ways for community members to participate in their health systems. Membership not only provides discounts on health services, but allows members to elected the ASACO leadership.

The ASACO has a very important role in mobilizing the community to seek and receive care at the health center. They are also responsible for holding regular meetings to update their membership and the larger community, thereby ensuring accountability and transparency.

“Before today, I never knew about cervical cancer, but after speaking with the midwives and community health workers, I understand the importance of being screened for this disease. I will strongly encourage my friends, neighbors, and colleagues to visit a health center every year to get screened.”
– Mme. Outtara, community member


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