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MALI: The BECEYA project reaches a key milestone!

Construction, rehabilitation and installation activities in the first group of 18 BECEYA-supported health centres have been completed this summer. Launched in 2016, during the Project’s second year of operation, this work has been undertaken with the active involvement of local communities and key stakeholders who seem to be highly satisfied with the results so far.

On July 27th, 2017, over 250 people attended the official inauguration of the new infrastructures available at the Wayerma II Health Centre in the Sikasso region, which is now a source of pride for the community. With support from the Project, this facility is now equipped with a water supply system, eight blocks of latrines, a washing area, a solar electrification system and more.

Same thing in Kita (Kayes region), where the Head of the Local Department for Women, Children and Family Promotion has noticed the positive impact the Project has had on his community:

‘’Thank you BECEYA for everything you are bringing to the populations of Mali and, especially, to the women and children. […] Since I live in Kita, I get to witness the activities that are being implemented in the Kita Reference Health Centre and the Dafela Community Health Centre. BECEYA is not a word, it’s a behaviour – a good behaviour that drives everyone involved in the project.’’


Concrete Results

In the 18 health centres where BECEYA activities have been implemented so far, the physical environment has been significantly improved. Thanks to the availability of various protocols, as well as to the different equipment, infrastructure and training they have received, health workers, maintenance agents and biomedical waste committees make sure facilities are clean and that environmental requirements are met.  

More importantly, the behaviours of people attending the facilities are starting to change, as members of Women’s Groups trained on both social and behaviour change communication techniques and good water, sanitation and hygiene practices hold different awareness-raising activities on a regular basis.

In Koutiala, for example, orientation sessions are provided each day to patients and accompanying persons in order to inform them of the different ways in which they can contribute to a healthy and safe environment of care, as well as of the reasons why it is important to do so.

‘’That’s exactly what we needed’’, said a man at the end of a session. ‘’Before, when you arrived at the health centre, no one was there to show you where the garbage cans, the water sources, the latrines and other infrastructure are. You were completely on your own, which is why we would leave our waste next to us thinking the person whose job it is to pick it up would eventually do so.’’

These small victories are a great source of motivation for the BECEYA team and demonstrate the effectiveness of the project’s strategy, which is designed in multiple rounds. Now well-established and highly efficient, the BECEYA team is ready to tackle its second group of 75 health facilities. 

 

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