Garba Cissé

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2000
AMD - Assistance Medicale Decentralisee


This profile was prepared when Garba Cissé was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
The New Idea
In a country where thousands of people do not have access to quality medical care, Garba Hamadoun Cissé has created Assistance Médicale Décentralisée (AMD) to bring the services of diverse specialized doctors to socially disadvantaged populations, such as women, children, the elderly, and those living in remote areas or in detention.
With the part-time volunteer assistance of various medical specialists, AMD is able to provide medical services and occasional surgical interventions free of charge to people whose location and/or social conditions would otherwise make such medical care inaccessible. It is the first initiative of its kind to be launched and implemented by Malian specialized doctors on a volunteer basis. Some international endeavors have involved Western doctors intervening temporarily in troubled, war-torn, or disaster areas, but Garba's initiative is a sustainable local venture addressing regular medical needs.
Through AMD, volunteer doctors travel around the country offering specialized medical care and donated medications. At the same time, they provide health awareness programs to the local communities and training to the local medical agents, thus promoting sustainability.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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