Video also posted on the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative's (PMI) World Malaria Day 2023 landing page.
Founèba Traoré is the sole community health worker in the village of Wouloufiena, Mali. Without reliable access to the nearest health center 12miles away, many residents rely on her to provide essential quality health care – including malaria prevention and treatment services. By closing the gap in health services for communities that are far from a health facility, community health workers contribute to a more responsive, resilient health system across the country and are an essential part of an effective primary healthcare system, finding and treating children that suffer from potentially deadly illnesses like malaria & diarrhea.
Investments in community health workers, along with other malaria prevention tools, are supported by the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) through its premiere service delivery project PMI Impact Malaria. PMI Impact Malaria supports national malaria programs across 18 countries to deliver on their national strategies and through locally-led impact to make progress towards ending malaria. Last year PMI supported more than 100,000 community health workers like Founèba by providing them with malaria tests and medicines, training, and supervision.
See Founèba in action in the video below or this photo essay on USAID Exposure.
Cover photo caption: Community Health Worker Founèba Traoré (R) talks to Konimba Bagayoko and her newborn in Wouloufiena Village, Kalaban Coro District, Mali, on 1st December 2022. Photo Credit: Mwangi Kirubi, PMI Impact Malaria