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15 Jan 2015 description

Maté Mint Sidi Ali’s village in Guidimakha, Mauritania sits six miles from the nearest health clinic – too far for many in her community to get any kind of healthcare.

“Hiring a ride is expensive and an all-day trek takes people from their work and children,” says Maté. “Because of this, health problems went untreated and turned severe or chronic.”

Community members were also largely unaware of proper sanitation practices. Small children were frequently made sick from contaminated water and many villagers suffered from malaria or fever.

28 Jan 2014 description
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The most remote regions in Mauritania lacked access to financial services, essential for small scale agriculture production, storage, distribution and other income generating activities. Existing lending institutions based in Mauritania were hesitant in making investments in programs to provide loans to community members, because of the high lending risk associated with extreme poverty and their lack of experience in rural areas.

15 Jan 2014 description

By Kulsoom Rizvi

Villagers in the southern areas of Mauritania live in the most remote part of the country that is vulnerable to even the smallest changes in food prices brought on by the onset of droughts.

09 Aug 2012 description

Arlington, Virginia –Tens of thousands of drought victims in the West African country of Mauritania will receive emergency assistance to rehabilitate wells, prevent outbreaks of disease and provide short-term income, Counterpart International announced. www.Counterpart.org

17 Jul 2012 description

Much of the food aid for drought-stricken West Africa has gone to malnourished children. Now more aid is arriving to protect their nutritional gains.

Counterpart International has just completed the distribution of 112.5 metric tons of bulgur, lentils and vegetable oil to 3,688 families of malnourished children in response to the food crisis in Mauritania.

13 Jul 2012 description

By Jeff Baron

Counterpart International is the first organization to bring a new, quick test for malaria to community health programs in Mauritania.

The new test requires no microscope or technician, just a bit of blood and four drops of testing solution on a piece of paper. The results – one line showing no malaria or two lines showing an infection – are available in only 15 minutes.

09 May 2012 description

By Alisha Rodriquez

Maté Mint Sidi Ali says she never envisioned being a leader in health. But when Counterpart International came to her village in Mauritania’s Guidimakha region recruiting volunteers to serve as Community Health Workers, she jumped at the chance.

For many rural communities in Mauritania, access to health care is a significant challenge.

08 May 2012 description

By Alisha Rodriquez, Senior Program Development Officer

On a drive across drought-stricken regions of Mauritania, the desert is punctuated by slowly decaying animal carcasses among the thorn trees and leafless baobabs. Each carcass represents a piece of the calamity for rural Mauritanian communities, which depend on livestock to generate income.

Every year, men and boys take herds of goats, sheep and cattle on long migrations, as far as neighboring Mali and Senegal, in search of pasture and water.

08 May 2012 description

By Alisha Rodriquez, Senior Program Development Officer

It’s easy to see the fear in parents’ eyes when they talk about their children’s health during the current drought and food crisis in Mauritania.

Smiling, giggling babies seem deceptively healthy until you notice the lack of characteristic chubbiness of infancy. Skinny arms and legs suggest an underlying problem.