Located 40km southeast of Bamako, the 5,000 inhabitants
of Koungodjan, and the 45,000 inhabitants of the seven neighboring
villages, lack access to basic medical services and health information.
The closest medical services are in Bamako, 1 ½ hours away
traveling over dirt roads. The health problems experienced by
the people of these villages are largely preventable. With proper
access to information about maternal child care, nutrition, and
hygiene, as well as regular visits from medical technicians, the
health of these peoples would be improved dramatically. Even if
medicines can be obtained from Bamako, there is often no trained
medical technician available to administer the medication. The
result is unnecessary death and disabilities.