By an Alliance worker, serving at Koutiala Hospital for Women and Children in Mali
On February 6 nearly 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the dedication of Koutiala Hospital for Women and Children in southeastern Mali.
Local and regional government officials; former hospital workers from the United States, Germany, and Holland; and many local community members attended the fête. Mariam, the first Malian baby born at the hospital, attended the anniversary party with her family and helped with cutting the hospital’s birthday cake.
Meeting a Great Need
During the past 10 years, Koutiala Hospital’s life-giving medical outreach has included:
- Treating more than 80,000 patients;
- Delivering about 17,000 babies;
- Conducting 1,556 C-sections and 6,288 surgeries; and
- Staffing more than 90,000 prenatal consultations and nearly 69,000 general consultations.
At the celebration, local and regional officials voiced their sincere thanks to hospital staff for all they are doing to improve the health of women and children in Koutiala and the surrounding region. The needs are huge in this West African nation, one of the 25 poorest countries in the world.
According to the World Factbook, in 2015 Mali had the second-highest infant mortality rate in the world. About 1 in 10 children in this country dies before reaching his or her first birthday.
Not only has the physical health of the Malian population improved but many hearts have been touched spiritually. Hundreds of patients as well as family members and friends—most steeped in West Africa’s predominant religion—have found wholeness in Christ through the hospital’s evangelistic efforts.
Please pray for many more Malians to open their hearts to Christ through the hospital’s witness in the coming years. Please also intercede for courage and a deepening of faith among the many who have already put their faith in Christ through this ministry.
Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness (Psalm 115:1).
Use the weekly Alliance Prayer Requests to join the Alliance family in interceding on behalf of our teams in West Africa and worldwide, who often serve in challenging circumstances that require Holy Spirit–inspired wisdom and creativity in communicating God’s love to those who don’t know Him.