Guinea is a country in West Africa bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, bounded northwest by Guinea-Bissau (Lusophone) north by Senegal (French), east by Mali ( French), south-east by Côte d'Ivoire (French) and the south by Liberia (English) and Sierra Leone (English). Guinea Conakry also includes the islands of Los off Conakry, the capital. More than 1.5 million Guineans live in Conakry, which is also an important port city.
The village where the project takes place is called BALANDOUGOU. It is located 13 km from Mali, 160 km and 80 km from Kankan Siguiri.
Here Mamady Keita, djembefola renowned, was born in the '50s. The film "Djembefola", produced there in 1992, explains his exceptional career.
Currently, the villagers (about 2500) have neither running water nor electricity, let alone health care. Each family has an average of 4 children.
Many diseases are linked to this insecurity: diarrhea and malaria are common. Excluding those of unknown origin or infections related to wounds untreated.
Traditional healers heal a bit blindly, without knowing how to solve the wrong. It is not enough because they are able to treat only about 10% of disease.
A simple cold can sometimes be fatal, a wound can take months to heal because it is only disinfected with hot water ... Mortality affects many children, more fragile.
This is outrageous because sometimes a good diagnosis and simple acts would have been enough to save lives.
The villagers live hard, they have few resources.
Their main resource is agriculture, which barely covers their needs, being very dependent on climate. A good season brings the need, makes a bad situation more complicated and they have few alternatives.
The nearest hospital is 160 miles, Kankan ... To get there, it takes about nine hours of travel! In addition, health care is not affordable for all and the patient and her family must find where to stay in Kankan. There is no social security system.
All this encourages the villagers to turn to traditional healers, with sometimes fatal consequences.
Creation of the association "Doubale"
The association Doubalé has emerged thanks to the mayor of Mishima is a small group of islands in southern Japan. Mamady Keita went there for almost 15 years to teach the djembe. The mayor wanted to thank him by asking what she liked.
Thus the idea of a clinic in his native village was born. It would be accessible to Balandougou villagers and neighboring villages who do not such an infrastructure.
The Japanese government will provide financial assistance as well. Without them this project would not have been possible.
Specifically, for this project required the creation of an association. Doubalé name comes from a sacred tree in the country Mandingo. This tree is fundamental to the creation of a village.
The members of "Doubalé"
- Mamady Keita, founder and president - Monette Marino-Keita, Vice-President - Abdoulaye Keita, treasurer and coordinator - Carine Spiltoir-Keita, coordinator and secretary in Belgium
Supporting members in Guinea:
- Moussa Keita, an adviser to President - Hamidou Cissoko, consultant and coordinator in Guinea - Sekou Keita, delegate and assistant coordinator
Construction is nearly finished but the building is naked and homeless. And no benefit yet of any equipment whatsoever furniture, medical equipment or medicines.
The association is also looking for a / the doctor (s) or nurse (s) to hold the clinic and ideally form one or two people on site, basic care, first aid.
It also remains to bring a solar pump to purify water, but it is very expensive.
The financial requirements are still quite significant even once the clinic operational, the willingness of the association Doubale "is to make it accessible to greater numbers and thus limit the cost of consultations, care and drugs ...
Your help is therefore of great utility!
Feel free to contact us for more information or if you can help:
- Material aid dressings, drugs, basic medical equipment, gloves, beds, benches, ...
- Logistic support: transportation of patients to Kankan. The association wants to build a car for emergencies
- Support human adventure if you try, if you want to change area (there's still the GSM network in the village recently) and to meet exciting, if you're a doctor or trainee doctor or nurse or nursing association needs you to run the clinic! It would pay the travel expenses A / R housing and meals on site and local transport.
- Financial assistance: to enable us to buy everything we have received elsewhere.
By mail: asbl.doubale @ gmail.com Telephone: +32 (0) 479/70 80 31 By mail:
Addresses of the association:
Guinea: Guinea Conakry Joint Matoto, PO Box 821 Belgium: 22, rue du Transvaal 1070 Brussels
No bank account (Belgium): 363 - 0445921-52. IBAN: BE64 3630 4459 2152 BIC:
On behalf of the villagers and surrounding Balandougou, we thank you.
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