A day in the life of a vaccinator in Mali

Going the distance to reach every child, no matter where they live.

Adama Traoré lives in the village of Sadiola, in the Kayes region of Mali in the west of the country. He has been working as a vaccinator in the community health centre of Sadiola for more than 10 years.

"When I was young, we had poor neighbours. One day, one of their kids suddenly started to get pimples on his body, red eyes and a high fever. He had measles and his parents didn't have money to bring him to the hospital and buy him medicine. After a week of suffering, a kind man living in our neighbourhood decided to take him to hospital. He was so lucky to totally recover, but his older brother, who was in the same situation two years before wasn’t as lucky, and unfortunately died. This was the main motivation for me to become a vaccinator."

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 UNICEF and partners such as Gavi are supporting the Ministry of Health to bring vaccines directly towards the most isolated and vulnerable children. In the Kayes region, only 41 per cent of children receive all the vaccines they require to stay healthy.

 

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