Phase I Provide immediate, albeit limited, access to medical
services and information to the 5000 inhabitants of Koungodjan
and the 45, 000 inhabitants of the seven neighboring villages.
Phase II Build a 10-room Health Center with a large reception
room, two examination rooms, a birthing room, outpatient recovery
facilities (to accommodate recovery from surgeries performed at
the hospital in Bamako), a large nursery, and three offices.
Phase III Form partnerships with the Mali Ministry
of Health, international organizations and non-governmental organizations
for medical education and dissemination of information regarding
diseases most prevalent in West Africa.
Progress to Date:
In July 2004, Lassine Doumbia founded the Sibiry Doumbia Memorial
Health Center for the village of Koungodjan in Mali, West Africa
in honor of his father who died in 2004 at the age of 90. The
senior Doumbia died of complications from a broken hip. Medicines
were purchased in Bamako, yet it was five days before a medical
technician could visit the village to administer the medication.
Mr. Doumbia died prior to the doctor’s arrival. With the
belief that all men, women and children should have ready access
to medical care in their community, the Center was born.
In August 2004, Dr. Lacine Traore was hired as the attending
physician in charge of day-to-day operations of the Center
along with two Nurses and two local traditional midwives
to advise and assist. Together they provide such services as consultation,
medical exams, assisting births, immunizations, general medical
guidance, and distribution of medication. Today, six months after
the doors first opened, the Center is one of the most respected
of the health care providers in the eight-village community. The
Center is committed to excellence and has developed a reputation
for using the latest technology and for its skilled compassionate
See Annex I
To start the project, Mr. Lassine Doumbia purchased 3 hectares
of land from the village of Koungodjan in order to construct the
10-room Health Center, which offers two examination/treatment
rooms, a waiting room, a reception area, a pharmacy, a laboratory,
a supply room, two medical staff offices, a delivery room, and
two separate restrooms. Great progress has been made in the past
year we received a generous medical equipment commitment from
International Medical Equipment Collaboration, Inc. (IMEC) which
• General Medical Supplies
• Linen and Textbooks
• Patient Rooms
• Surgical Suite
• Critical Care Suite
• Pediatric Suite
• Medical Supplies
Although the initial construction is finished, we need financial
support for the daily administration of the Health Center as well
as the shipping cost to send all of the materials over to Mali:
The project shipment has a cost of: $252,700
Equipment donations, in-kind services, and volunteers have
reduced project required funding by: $(227,400)
The shepherding organization provides funding for the cost of
equipment delivery and travel for the IMEC installation team:
A Sponsor is needed to fund the remainder of this project: $15,300
Your contribution of $15,300 will make an immediate difference
in the lives of the people of Mali. For less than 10% of the book
value, your support can provide tools and equipment needed to
raise the standard of health care and transform this facility
into functioning hospital.
In the attached appendices, you will find lists of needed infrastructure
materials and supplies. While we welcome the donation of the supplies
themselves, it is more cost effective to procure these supplies
locally. Therefore, monetary contributions would be most welcome.
Whether you can provide financial or in-kind support, we will
provide all necessary documentation of the charitable nature of
In the third phase, Doumbias International Health Services will
establish a much-needed program to educate the community on reproductive
health, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, hygiene and nutrition.
Now that the Health Center is fully established and staffed, in
the next few weeks, the staff will be participating in a government
sponsored training program with the Malian Ministry of Health
to develop a cadre of community educators, who can travel from
village to village, providing culturally-relevant information
on preventive care. Particular focus will be on (a) reproductive
health and the fight against sexually transmitted diseases and
HIV/AIDS and (b) healthy hygiene and nutrition. We will continue
seeking assistance from other organizations on education programs
about malaria, TB, yellow-fever, and other health related problems
that confront Africa and particularly in Mali..
Ongoing operation of the Sibiry Doumbia Memorial Health Center
and the development of a health education program can be a reality
only with your help. We ask that you please find a way, through
your program, to assist with funding this vitally important initiative.
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