People of Muso: The Faces Behind Our Work
Since 2005, Muso has grown to serve approximately 509,000 patients in Mali and Côte d'Ivoire. 509,000 fathers, mothers, daughters, and sons — farmers and urban dwellers. This has resulted in over 1,100,000 clinic visits without out-of-pocket fees to patients, decreased child mortality rates, improved access to reproductive health services for women in the areas we work, and a multitude of initiatives with our government and local community partners leading to positive health outcomes in the communities we serve.
None of this work can be done alone. We are all practitioners of social medicine, working to create a world towards health equity. We know it takes everyone — from frontline Community Health Workers to the staff that support our operations behind the scenes.
We are incredibly proud of the team that makes up Muso. Below, discover some of the faces behind our work.
My role is to ensure quality care, and that patients have access to necessary care without delay. Ensuring that underprivileged communities can be treated without having to worry about fees is my primary motivation in my work, and it bodes well for me that the organization I work for shares the same vision. — Dr. Nialen Kaba, Health Center Support Manager in Yirimadio 🇲🇱
We help women to prevent [pregnancy-related] complications, to become pregnant, to give birth. Once the babies are born, we provide them with care so they can grow up and be healthy. Before [Muso], women would start coming in for prenatal consultations at 24-25 weeks. Now, they start coming in at 8 weeks. — Aichatou Ouattara, Midwife at the Primary Health Care Facility (ESPC) of Diapé 🇨🇮
Every day, I start very early in the morning and finish very late at night, but I don't mind because I always wanted to be a midwife - since I was a little girl. Taking care of others makes me happy. I am proud to work with Muso here in Yirimadio - their support is very important to us, not only in terms of continued training but also in the provision of medical supplies and equipment. — Diarra Kadidiatou Camara, Midwife and Delivery Room Manager at the Yirimadio Community Health Center (CSCOM) 🇲🇱
One aspect of my role which is really dear to me as an African is to ensure that there is true ownership of research at Muso. I do so by taking steps to make sure that Muso’s research team are the leaders and drivers of research at Muso, that we build South-South research partnerships in the countries that we cover, and that there is a true equitable research partnership with Western research institutions we collaborate with. — Dr. Maud Akissi Amon-Tanoh, Senior Research Manager 🇨🇮
I joined Muso in 2018 as Coordinator of the Bankass study, one of the largest [community health] trials in the world. I gained a lot of experience in communicating with communities and in my capacity to adapt to the realities on the ground, especially with the difficult security situation. I never imagined a study could be done in this context, but we did it, and I am so grateful for what was a unique experience. — Dr. Saibou Doumbia, Research Manager & Coordinator of the ProCCM Trial, one of the largest community health trials in the world, run by Muso from 2017-2022 in Bankass, Mali 🇲🇱
Supervisors go out in the community every month with Community Health Workers (CHWs) to learn from the community about the care and services they receive. The familiarity between each household and its respective CHW contributes to positive health outcomes within the community because they know that the CHW is always only a phone call away. We go through constant training and are intent on holding these conversations in order to be better equipped to carry out our work. — Salimata Samaké, CHW Supervisor, pictured with one of her supervisees, CHW Advocate Dramane Konaté 🇲🇱
Our work is to make sure that patients are able to receive care in a conducive environment that dignifies them and puts them at the center of all the priorities through advocacy, policy formulation and norm setting. — Dr. Christian Rusangwa, Director of Technical Assistance 🇲🇱 🇨🇮
Muso has been providing care to me, my wife, my children, and my brother for years now. As for Dramane [our Community Health Worker], he is always only one phone call away. I really consider him a member of our family. — Zoumana Touré, Muso patient in Yirimadio 🇲🇱
Mr. Fanny with his daughters in the district of Madinani where Muso launched 24 rapid care sites in December 2022 🇨🇮
Together, with our partners, we are building a movement to achieve something that we all know is possible — a world where everyone has access to the care they need to live healthy lives. We have everything we need to build sustainable health systems that will last through generations so that no one is left behind.