(or how do you expect your initiative will be financed)
All of our programs are funded in a three-way partnership with the Government of Mali, Citizens of Sikoro, and MHOP. MHOP's portion of the funding comes almost entirely from small gifts of individuals around the globe: volunteers, student groups, board members, Malian musicians, 3rd grade teachers, and many more have all worked to make this project happen. However, MHOP funds mostly seed costs for programs, so the long-term funding for our programs is coming from local citizens and the government.
Aside from financial sustainability, how do you plan to grow and sustain your project?
Sikoro is a pilot project: if our model works, we will implement the idea in other slums in Bamako, adapting the exact model to each locality. We have looked at several options, and the next place we would like to work is called Djalakorodji.
We firmly believe that sharing our model is the best way to have a maximal impact: if we produce results that are publishable, we will try to get them into academic journals. I have already shared our model with leaders from around the world at the 2008 Network:TUFH conference in Bogota, Colombia.
We have also been considering how to take a successful grassroots movement and use it for political change at a national level. One strategy that we are hoping to implement is to use some of our successes, particularly the opening of the clinic, to publicly call for health financing reform in Mali. We hope eventually to create a national political coalition for primary care.