Support the launch of a new community-led health clinic to expand access to rapid quality care for 63,000 patients in Mali with Muso and Focusing Philanthropy

As always, Focusing Philanthropy covers all overhead costs. 100% of every donation will go to the Expanding Rapid Care campaign.


THE NEED

The health infrastructure in Bamako, Mali’s capital city, has not kept up with the pace of population growth, leaving communities on its margins particularly vulnerable. Muso has partnered with communities in Yirimadio, at the edge of Bamako, since 2005. In 2008, Yirimadio had an estimated population of 20,000. Twelve years later, it has grown to more than 200,000.

Per Mali’s norms, a community health center should serve up to 15,000 people, yet Yirimadio’s health center serves more than 10-fold the recommended number. Dramatic population growth has resulted in long waits to see a health care provider, which deters patients from seeking care, exacerbates the stress placed on health care providers and the clinical care system, and risks overcrowding in the context of a global pandemic.

Muso is constructing a new, community-led center in Yirimadio to provide additional capacity and resources to overstretched health care providers. Located in peri-urban Bakorobabougou—where community members travel as far as five kilometers to reach Yirimadio’s single clinic—the YiriBa clinic needs startup capital to open its doors and begin serving patients in need.


THE APPROACH

Focusing Philanthropy and Muso are partnering to raise $1,132,000 to launch the new YiriBa Community Health Center, bringing rapid, accessible care without cost to 63,000 patients and strengthening the health system for the entire population of Yirimadio. Donations raised cover the clinic’s first eight months of operating costs–including essential equipment, supplies, personnel, and training–during a period of patient redistribution and technical assistance to the government.

Muso reduces maternal and child mortality rates by employing a Proactive Care Model to find and treat people where they live. The nonprofit employs trusted members of the community to deliver care and eliminates all user fees, removing serious barriers that keep patients from getting the help they need. Since 2005, Muso Community Health Workers (CHWs) have served more than 350,000 patients.

Patients at the YiriBa Health Center will receive outreach, doorstep care, and accompanied referrals from Muso’s team of CHWs. The clinic will provide essential services such as vaccinations, family planning, prenatal care, delivery, postpartum care, and consultations on cases of malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia, and malnutrition.


THE GOAL

From February 12 to December 31, 2021, Focusing Philanthropy will add $1 for every $2 contributed by Muso until the overall campaign goal of $1,132,000 is reached.

Donations must be a minimum of $1,000 and directed to Focusing Philanthropy, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and free resource to donors. Donations are fully tax deductible and 100% of funds contributed will go to the Expanding Rapid Care initiative. All Focusing Philanthropy costs are covered by its founders.