Below is a blog update from Brett and Sheri McLean living and working in Mali. There are some great things happening in Mali, which you all have played a critical part of. You can see the oxygen concentrators you donated helping to save children’s lives in one of the posts below! Nevertheless, there is still much to do and much to continue praying for… please keep Brett, Sheri and their children in your prayers as they seek to shine the love of Jesus in the Bako Region through the use of their skills as medical professionals.
The rain and humidity are now gone, and we are entering into the “cool” season. A good rainy season is essential to survival here as Malians are dependent on the grain that grows to provide enough food for the entire year. Personally, our family loves the rain. Our boys love to run out and play much like American kids do in the snow. When they come back in, we enjoy mugs of hot chocolate because it’s so “cold.” ☺
While there is much to enjoy with the rain, it can cause great destruction. Many roads are impassable for months, and for those in the “bush”, travel all but stops. For the sick who do not have a health center nearby, oxen are needed to pull them on wooden carts, as even donkeys do not have enough strength to pull carts through the thick mud and clay. Pictured below is the courtyard in front of the staff homes at the Tatrima center:
You can see pictures of a village near one of our clinics that also experienced significant flooding on our blog.
Last December we asked you for financial help to purchase refrigerators which would, in addition to many other benefits, allow the centers to regularly vaccinate the children and pregnant women in the villages they serve. The centers now all have working fridges. THANK YOU! Due to the necessary government controls, it is taking a lot of time to get approval for each center to administer the vaccines, but once they are approved, they will always be provided with vaccines from the government. Our Tatrima center has already started their vaccination clinic and is pictured below:
We finally have enough solar and battery power in our centers to run oxygen! All the centers can provide breathing treatments as well as run oxygen for at least a couple of hours before they would need to transfer the patients to our biggest health center which can support 24 hour oxygen for multiple patients. We have trained each center how to use their new oxygen concentrators as well as separate monitors which are necessary to access a patient’s need for oxygen and the amount to give.