Soft-GLI implementation course

Soft-GLI implementation course

Probitas Foundation receives two staff members from the Health Center Valentin de Pablo of Bamako to train them in the computer software system

On November 20th, 21st and 22nd, Probitas Foundation received the visit of the director of the Center Valentín de Pablo, Dr. Boré Hssane and the head of the laboratory of this center, Ms. Djenebou Mariko. Both of them are part of the staff from the Valentín de Pablo Health Center located in the Téléphone sans fils district (TSF), one of the most vulnerable neighbourhoods of Bamako, the capital of Mali. The reason of the visit was to offer them an advanced training in laboratory operation and management through computer software -Soft -GLI- a program developed to computerise the management of GLIs' laboratories. From this software it will be possible to analyse request, to monitoring stocks, to check the history laboratory patients, to get the database, etc. This system will allow them to improve the quality of patients care and the quickness in providing solutions to the needs that arise.

In order to facilitate laboratory management, the program will allow the obtaining of epidemiological data of the population automatically and making predictions of the evolution of inhabitants' health so as to make decisions in the field of public health.

The third day, Dr. Bore and Ms. Djenebou, together with a part of Probitas team, went to visit the Grifols Biomat plant, located in Parets del Vallès (Barcelona). In there, they could learn and see how monitoring control systems works since the plasma reaches the installations (from the US and other parts of Spain and Europe) until the substance is sent to the Grifols Institute where the fractionation process keeps going up to the final products are obtained.

Bamako's Health Center context
In 2004, faced with the lack of state services, citizens proactively created Mutuelle Benkan, a non-profit group that, using membership fees, carries out general interest interventions to improve its inhabitants' quality of life. One of these is the Valentin de Pablo Health Center -supported by Probitas and the City Council through the GLI Bamako-, in line with the Ministry of Health and Social Development's program, which focuses its work on primary health care, care during childbirth and child vaccinations program.

This situation guides Probitas to get involved with the aim of improving the healthcare center conditions. Throughout the years of involvement, GLI-Bamako has given, to the vulnerable population, health access through the betterment of the clinical diagnosis. In addition, as Dr. Boré expresses, the GLI has offered the chance to enhance infrastructure at the center and offer quality medical services that effectively respond to the national healthcare policy.

The current situation
Currently, Valentín de Pablo Health Center can be considered a self-sufficient center, which has already tripled the number of vaccinations for children, has increased by 12% the number of pregnant women attended and 25.2% in medical consultations. In terms of sustainability, Probitas has facilitated the installation of photovoltaic energy that allowed lowering the electricity bill and investing more in other laboratory's costs. In regard to sanitation, sewerage has been built and a section of the TSF neighbourhood has been paved with community participation. Finally, community awareness and education activities for health have also been carried out.

Téléphone sans fils
The center Valentín de Pablo is where the first GLI program (Global Laboratory Initiative) of Probitas Foundation in 2012 was done. What led to its execution were the precarious conditions of the area in terms of health at that time. Téléphone sans fils is a neighbourhood of approximately 15,000 inhabitants, where the population lives without access to potable water, electricity and wastewater channelling. These conditions of insalubrity favour the transmission of infectious diseases, especially respiratory, cutaneous and digestive ones. Probitas' support over these years has made Bamako ‘s Health Center increasingly self-sufficient and gradually weans the support of the Foundation.