A delegation made up of the Supervisor and Coordinator of the Tékane Health Center Project, as well as officials of the Tékane Health Association (AST) and the Association Against Tuberculosis and Endemic Diseases (ACTUME), was received in audience November 16, 2021 by His Excellency Dr Sidi Ould ZAHAF Minister of Health, after the field visit and meetings with local and regional authorities, in particular with the Wali and the Regional Director of Health of Trarza, as well as the Hakem of Tékane.
History of a disease The unfinished journey of young Cheikhou, “my eye is my life”.
My name is Cheikou SAKHO. I am heavily scarred by a disease that hit my left eye. It occupied my mind for an essential part of my young life.
I was born in Diaguily, a village located in the commune of Gouraye in Mauritania. As a child, I spent my entire existence in this city, happy and happy like everyone of my age. This joy was abruptly interrupted by an affection that touched me too soon. I did not know the causes.
My parents turned heaven and earth to understand the why and how of my affection. Following their extensive research, they concluded that it was called, in Soninke, "Fanké", "swelling of the eye". My father accompanied me to several health centers and hospitals in Mauritania, Mali and Senegal with a view to finding a place for me where I could benefit from appropriate care.
Throughout these trips, I met several doctors who did their best to treat my illness. Their efforts were unsuccessful. With each displacement, a joy and a hope lived in me. Following the various consultations, the health specialists told me that the treatments I had to follow would be complex in nature. Their words gave rise to enormous disappointment in me. I felt, after each meeting, a return to square one.
I went to school for a few years in the village. But I could hardly stand the stares of my classmates. So I had to stop my schooling very early. However, I had found a mission that suited me. It consisted of accompanying my father, who fell ill and became blind. I had conscientiously assigned myself the mission of being his guide. I was at his side in all his efforts. I also did, in his place, the gardening work to feed the family.
Fatherless : between mourning and seeking care
Following his various ailments, my father died. So, I was orphaned from him. Between his death and my illness, I felt lost, disoriented. I did not know what to do. Too young to understand, I curled up on myself and surrendered to fate.
The commitment of a tireless mother
The death of my father hardly left my mother with folded arms. She took her pilgrim's staff to take care of me and continue the quest for solutions to my problem. She fought with all her might for my situation to improve. With her, we made several other trips to Bamako, Dakar and Nouakchott. The doctors we met in Dakar and Nouakchott did not dare to intervene since they had no knowledge of the origins of my illness. Thus, they advised us to go to Morocco or Tunisia, countries where medical care was more advanced.
First aid: the start of a new short joy
It was in Bamako that I had the opportunity to be, for the first time, taken care of by a doctor who was able to perform an operation to get rid of this pimple which grew, every day, a little more, above my eye. After this intervention, I felt better and finally relieved. But my joy was only short-lived. The disease worsened. The button grew thicker with each new day. It grew more and more and pushed me to the retrenchment. My mother was never discouraged. She fought hard for me to return to a normal life.
My deceased mother.
The time span between the death of my father and that of my mother was very short. I no longer remember how long it lasted. But, in my resentment, it was really too brief. So I became an orphan a second time. Fatherless, then motherless, that was the end of my care.
The hiring of an aunt of hope
After the disappearance of both my parents, my aunt, my father's second wife, took over. It will play, for me, a determining role. Through mountains and valleys, she will invest herself in order to help me get out of my situation. She, too, will eventually pass away. I had the impression that bad luck was hitting me, with devotion.
Beginning of isolation and end of care
In the end, I was left alone in our family compound. In the morning, I would go to the family garden with my little dog, only to come back in the evening. The neighbors of my family home regularly gave me food. My dog had become my best confidant. The garden my supreme place of consolation. In this space, the cries of the birds came to ease my pain. Nature thus became my highest accomplice. I rarely spoke. I observed a lot although people came to visit me at different times of the day.
Departure to Nouakchott
After the death of my parents and all my closest supporters, a friend of my father's came to the village to offer his condolences. The condition he found me in was hopeless. He decided to go with me to Nouakchott in order to deliver me from my horrible fate. Arrived in the capital of Mauritania, we took steps in hospitals, clinics and health centers. It was at the national hospital that I hoped to find the miracle solution. But the doctors confirmed to me that I did not have a rare and very unusual disease. They thought to bring a doctor from Morocco in the hope of curing me. In the meantime, my father's friend who had welcomed me had decided to enroll me in a Koranic school "Mahadrah," while waiting for solutions. But, again, once again, with the looks of the schoolchildren, I was not able to continue my learning. Thus, I stayed at my host's home while waiting for the arrival of a doctor who would come from Morocco.
With a view to passing the time, I concocted my tea all day long. Mauritanian tea, the first glass of which is said to be bitter like life, the second pleasant like love and the third sweet like death. I was helping families who asked me. I was walking around and visiting friends.
Often, alone and in front of myself, in my room, I would cry while wondering how I could be rid of this terrifying crap. Because since the death of my parents, I had not benefited from any care. I prayed to the Lord and put all my trust in him.
The message of hope
The day I had a phone call to tell me that a solution was possible outside Mauritania, it was an immeasurable joy for me.
My goal is to get healthy. I have dreams in my life and I want to make them come true:
Objective 1: Learn French: write and speak
Objective 2: Learn a job
Objective 3: Work with the profession that I learned
Objective 4: Find my autonomy
Objective 5: Caring for my family
Thanks to :
Face the World Foundation
Team of Dr Gerald FRANCHI at Necker Paris Hospital
Association Against Tuberculosis and Endemic Diseases
My host family in France and my tutor in Mauritania
The Association against tuberculosis and endemic diseases (ACTUME) and the Association Santé Tékane (AST) regret to announce the death on October 6, 2021 of our brother and friend Baïdy SARR and parent of some members of the two sister associations.
His disappearance caused great sadness for those who knew him. He was a courageous, affable and jovial man. He assumed the role of mediator in all discretion to dissipate conflicts. His attachment to Tékane is certain and has been constant throughout his life. Because as Chief Warrant Officer of Police, he served his country and his city with dignity.
7 p.m. : Home 8 p.m. : Solidarity dinner, entertainment provided by solidarity artists 10 p.m. : Focus on the Community Pharmacy project 10:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. : Guest artist Mr. Malick DIA - Boolumbal Group
Other solidarity artists : Ali Wagué, Bintou Naibily, Ben Ball Bass,
Demba NDiaye Dilaan, Mamadou Dem, Thioub Issa Dikel.
Breath measurement workshop
led by: Dr Jean-Michel GRAS, Fondation du Souffle
and Dr Annick DI SCALA, the Savoir Sport Santé association
on the occasion of tobacco-free month (November)
Exhibition hosted by Nathalie LAMBEAUX: sale of lacquer paintings
for the benefit of the Tékane Community Pharmacy
Parade: African women in the spotlight
with animations and make-up workshops, led by Aïcha SOUMARE
Animation workshop Solidarity Gala for the benefit of the Tékane Community Pharmacy in Mauritania
Measurement of breath animated by: Dr Jean-Michel GRAS, Fondation du Souffle and Dr Annick DI SCALA, the Savoir Sport Santé association Saturday 6 November at Courbevoie event center (reception room).
Below are the files of the members of the office and of the Board of Directors:
Oumar KANE, President
Oumar KANE, Head of Communication Projects at IBM France.
In parallel with my professional experience, I carry out solidarity activities.
I am the founder ofACTUME (Association Against Tuberculosis and Endemic Diseases, created in November 2002.
I participate in the animation of the network LIGHTHOUSE - Staff with Disabilities and Corporate Responsibilities - IBM France and Hauts de Seine Success Networks Committee from LADAPT (Association for the social and professional integration of disabled people in France).
In addition, I have been participating in IBM's solidarity actions since 2011, in favor of the ACTUME association. They first made it possible to set up a digital communication plan, then the creation of the website of the said association, finally the technical study of the project of the Tékane community pharmacy in Mauritania.
Constance BORDES, Strategic Mission for Marketing and Communication at IBM
I got to know the Association Against Tuberculosis and Endemic Diseases (ACTUME) through Oumar Kane who was one of the members of the team that I had the pleasure of leading for many years. He told me about his association, I found the project to be quite interesting and touching.
In addition, this association operates in Mauritania, a country that I have the chance to know. I got involved in this project by making the team do solidarity days during three years. Each of us, we give a day of our work to work on an association including ACTUME, then I also participated in the 2014 health caravan if my memories are good. I went there where I worked more on the logistics aspect, supporting doctors, and I also did the photo and video reporting aspects.
Business organization consultant - in activity: Management, IT, Econometrics and Security of the information system.
Management in the private and public sectors. Has been a director of IT groups and a public establishment for a few years (INPI / OEB - Patents)
Trainer in various fields for elected officials (political good - mayors, regional councilors, deputies, etc.).
Jean-Philippe RYKIEL, Administrator
Jean-Philippe RYKIEL, Singer composer
It is following two articles that I had written in the early 2010s, on my encounters, at the age of fourteen and in the same week, with Stevie Wonder and Franck Zappa, that my friend Gérald Athanase suggested to me to ensure that these documents, which he found exceptional, do not fall into oblivion because of the permanent demand for "fresh" news driven by Facebook on which I have them had originally posted (good luck to anyone who wants to find them today, buried under mountains of other publications!).
I have had the privilege, during my life, to meet a large number of exceptional beings, and to be able to testify to events, places, cultures and people whose visibility is low, or even non-existent on the Web. Learn more consult my biography
Sabine DELONGEAS, Administrator
Sabine DELONGEAS, Computer scientist
IT project manager in pre-retirement, I am embarking on the creation of a bicycle rental and repair company in the Lot et Garonne.
Present since 2005 with ACTUME, I went to several times in Tekane in order to support Oumar Kane and support him in various activities: setting up financing files, accounting monitoring, communication, video reporting, etc.
Less present in recent years for professional reasons, I support the team and this project which is close to my heart and which I have had the pleasure of initiating and following for all these years.
Mr. Alban SANZ, Administrator
Alban SANZ, Business Design Consultant
Volunteers at ACTUME since 2017.
Passionate about reading, I am the webmaster of sites devoted to literature:
And the only site dedicated towriter Jacques Sternberg of which I am also the creator. I am currently preparing an anthology of his short stories.
I worked as a tutor with an association dealing with unemployed young people to give them courses on the development of a CV and cover letters based on targeted research. Read : CVAlbanSANZ
Mr. Jean-Michel GOYARD, Administrator
I got to know ACTUME in 2010, after my humanitarian mission "Corporate Service Corps" in Viétman through Oumar KANE. Convinced of the human cause, without hesitation I joined the association ...
Engineer by training (CNAM), I led my career in oil companies (SHELL, ELF) in exploration then at IBM where I managed international outsourcing contracts in more than 80 countries on all continents. Passionate about human adventures, I actively participate in humanitarian actions in Africa within several NGOs including ACTUME.
I am a member of Rotary International, very involved in youth training actions.
Ousseynou KANE, Head of the Le Havre branch
Ousseynou KANE, Trainer and OFII referent at the FODENO Le Havre training center.
ACTUME, I have known her for over 15 years. Its president, Oumar KANE and a national of the same village, impressed me with the humanitarian work he is carrying out in the direction of needy populations in terms of access to health rights.
In addition, the projects carried by actume are a perfect illustration of North / South cooperation. I saw in this structure a bridge connecting two banks on which we convey hope and when we say hope we say life.
After discussion with Mr KANE Oumar, an ACTUME branch was created in 2016 in Le Havre SEINE MARITME REGION OF NORMANDY composed of 7 members.
Ibrahima ANNE, Secretary General
With an economist and entrepreneurial background, I have been involved in international solidarity activities for a few years, as a project or mission manager.
Coach and trainer of international solidarity project leaders, and fundraising research, I have participated in many structures on reflections in the field of ecsi and solidarity which are subjects that interest me a lot.
Actume member since its creation, it is always an honor to bring expertise to this association which is close to my heart. As a project manager, I will always work to enrich actume's reflection on its projects.
Oumar DIAGNE, Deputy Secretary General
Oumar DIAGNE, Lawyer & writer
I was born on the banks of the Senegal River where I spent happy days. My childhood was marked by the atmosphere and solidarity that reigned in my village, Tékane. These beautiful memories have never left my mind and mark my entire life.
After my primary studies in Tékane, I went to Rosso in order to continue my secondary studies before going to learn law at the university in Algeria.
After Algiers, I returned to Mauritania and teach at the National School of Social and Administrative Training (ENFACOS) of Nouakchott, Then, I was seconded to the Ministry of the Civil Service to the Minister's adviser before being appointed head of service studies and litigation, at the level of the management of the Public Service.
Racial events in 1989 forced me to leave Mauritania for France where I worked in the social and humanitarian sector before plunging into the world of books. I also studied social economy and computer science in France. For more information, see: CVOumarDIAGNE
Ousmane M. KANE, Administrator
Ousmane Mamadou KANE, residence manager at adoma-CDC Habitat
I was born in Tékane. I also grew up in this village. When we were young it was teeming with life. We were divided into different age groups. Each group tried to do better than the others. Our elders had taught us to be of service to the community. This is how, since my early childhood, I have participated in community life. After Tékane, I continued my secondary studies at the Lycée de Rosso, then university at the Higher Scientific Institute of Nouakchott from where I obtained a Masters in Renewable Energies in 1990. After two years of floating, I was admitted to the AGRHYMET Sub-regional Center in NIAMEY in Niger where I obtained a diploma in hydrological engineer.
Upon my return, I joined the Hydrogie Service within the Directorate of Environment and Rural Development attached to the Ministry of Rural Development. I was in charge of the management of the hydrological database.
I arrived in France on December 15, 2000. I did several jobs. Currently, I am responsible for residence at adoma - CDC Habitat. We manage hostels for FTM migrant workers and social residences.
When ACTUME was created, I naturally joined the project. Because it was the extension of what I was already doing, in Mauritania for, Tékane. At the same time as my commitment to ACTUME, I am the general secretary of the Association of nationals of TORO in France (ART), which has more than 300 members. This association aims to pool forces and fully takes care of the repatriation of its members in the event of death to their country of origin.
Thierno Ousmane SY, Administrator
Thierno Ousmane SY, Social worker
I was born in Mederdra in 1970. The first hours of my youth were spent in R'kiz. I landed in Tékane, my father's home village at the age of 11 when my whole family came back to settle there permanently after my father retired.
It was in Tékane that I completed my primary schooling. My secondary studies, I did them in Rosso, regional capital of Trarza. This city is located in the South of Mauritania on the banks of the Senegal River.
After obtaining the Bac in Modern Letters, I joined Nouakchott, the capital of the country, to continue my university studies. Thus, I enrolled in the Faculty of Legal and Economic Sciences where I obtained a Master in Private Law in 1998.
The end of this course in Mauritania was followed by a two-year break, punctuated by short professional experiences in law firms and NGOs. Following this path, I chose the path of exile to France where I have lived since 2000. I am currently practicing my profession in a residential center as a social worker. A job that gives me real fulfillment. Being a Social Worker, my commitment to ACTUME fits perfectly with my professional activities.
I support the projects of the ACTUME Association since its installation in Île de France in 2011. I participated in the wide range of activities of the association.
Being from the area of primary intervention of this organization, the idea of providing continuous and effective support for the benefit of a population completely abandoned in a medical desert and without resources could not leave me indifferent. This initiative is now bearing fruit and tangible results, anchored in the social environment of this area, as well as in the consciousness of its inhabitants. Also, ACTUME is an association that develops in addition to its projects, the opening of hearts so that each human being finds his place within the community, including those who feel marginalized. All of these have fueled my motivation and my continued commitment.
"In life, to be happy, it suffices to be useful to society to relieve the pain of the most deprived".
My name is Mariam Kane. I was born in Tékane and did my primary studies there. My secondary studies, I conducted them in Nouakchott. Then, I went to Dakar and Thiès, in Senegal, in order to follow studies of management secretariat.
I worked for ten years at Air Afrique, a pan-African company, the largest on the African continent, at the time.
Marriage landed me in France. After the 1989 riots in Mauritania, which saw thousands of Negro-Africans humiliated, tortured, imprisoned, murdered, deported, etc., I decided to get involved in associative and political activism.
I am the President of an association of Mauritanian women of the river (AFMAF). In our activities, we have accompanied the Mauritanian deportees in Mali and Senegal as well as widows and orphans, in Mauritania and elsewhere, thanks to our own resources and the help of partners. I also participate in other solidarity associations. The commitment within ACTUME was therefore natural.
Mamadou NNIANG, IT Engineer / Salesforce Technical Lead at Wonderbox
Leaving Paris Descartes in 2005 with a background in computer engineering and more specifically in Computer Methods Applied to Business Management MIAGE. I started my professional career in 2006 as a web developer consultant, then technical project manager. As a developer, technical referent and Salesforce Team Lead, my current position.
I am a member of several associations including ACTUME, which I have known, which I have supported since its establishment in the Paris region and of which I am currently the treasurer.
I grew up being very imbued with the associative world and solidarity actions, in particular in Tékane where I did my primary studies and where community and solidarity life is deeply rooted.
Message (08/08/2021) from SALL Abderahmane,
Senior Nurse at the Tékane Health Center, Mauritania
Peace be upon you as well as the mercy of God and his blessings.
Dear honorable parents, friends, inhabitants of Tékane and its municipality, I greet each one in his name and first name.
It is I, SALL Abdarahmane, nurse Major of the Tékane Center, who is speaking to you through this audio.
I take this opportunity to alert you to the dangers of this pandemic called Covid-19 which is causing a lot of damage across the world. (more…)
The pharmacy project and VPMT was initiated in a context of progressive degradation of the ecological environment, poor care medical, despite the still recoursee persistent, of the use of the products of natural resources. This project will facilitate access to healthcare for all by making the community pharmacy a place of orientation, information and discussion devoted to the health of the most disadvantaged. Likewise, it will improve the quality of health care thanks to drug traceability and ensure continuous prevention in the municipality.
This pharmacy is a continuation of the program carried out in Mauritania by the ACTUME association from 2010 to 2016: " Loyalty program for lost TB patients of view and sensitization of the population of the municipality of Tékane, in Mauritania, "about tuberculosis".This program has made it possible to support dozens of patients and consult more than 17,000 patients for a population of 23,823 inhabitants of the municipality of Tékane. Beyond the initial program, the pharmacy project will provide an extensive and permanent health service for all the diseases encountered during the various health caravans, not only to the populations of the municipality of Tékane, but also to the populations of the neighboring villages. .
In addition to the pharmacy project itself, this project includes a training space, a social space, an ecological dimension (reprocessing and solar) and an area relating to research in phytotherapeutic cultivation and reforestation. In short, it will be a space for social ties, awareness of ecological issues, research and innovation. For more information, see: Community pharmacy.
Environmental education session for the benefit of women and young people of Tékane in #Mauritania : the rational use of pesticides, the establishment of nurseries for medicinal plants, water pollution, #deforestation, climate change and desertification. July 30-31, 2021.
The Valorization of Medicinal Plants in the Municipality of Tékane (VPMT) project was officially launched on July 8, 2019. It is partly based on another project, that of Community Pharmacy, initiated and executed by the NGO ACTUME. Some activities are interdependent: its component linked to the establishment of nurseries for the regeneration of selected medicinal plants. These said plants must be at the site of the Community Phamacie with a plan to install a demonstration center and a packaging unit for medicinal plant-based products.
As a reminder, the VPMT project is the result of a partnership between the Association Against Tuberculosis and Endemic Diseases (ACTUME) and the Health Association for Tékane (AST). The two associations, working in perfect synergy, work for the socio-health and economic development of the municipality of Tekane through the organization of medical caravans and technical assistance to local development structures. The relevance of the project, initiated by ACTUME and supported by partners such as PMF / GEF / UNDP encouraged mobilization to ensure funding.
A partnership agreement with the AST, a dedicated organization, was established as part of the implementation of the project, thus integrating the valorization of medicinal plants in its actions in order to provide a wider range of therapeutic means in support of the means. of conventional medicine.
Project funding covers the main activities, including: a situation analysis of medicinal plants in the municipality of Tekane, training / awareness of stakeholders and populations in environmental education, the establishment and operation of a demonstration center and a packaging unit for medicinal plant products and the acquisition and installation of equipment among others. Other equally important activities which are partially covered are also envisaged. These include the development and functionality of nurseries intended for the sowing of medicinal plants and their establishment in spaces intended for their regeneration, the assurance of adequate project management with a monitoring / evaluation program, communication and reporting of project activities.
The last quarter of 2019 was the period of the start of project implementation and resulted in the analysis of the situation of medicinal plants with the assistance of a team of field investigators. The survey was carried out during the month of February 2020 and the report filed in May-June 2020.
With the advent of the Covid 19 pandemic and its restrictive effects, activities were suspended from March to October 2020 only to resume after the reduction of measures with the completion of a high-impact action in the month of November. This is the activity relating to training / awareness / environmental education for which a first activity was organized at TEKANE.
A strong recommendation followed by a decision was observed during the supervision meetings held in November and December 2020 with the project supervisor and the President of the AST to act on the strengthening of the coordination structure of the VPMT project for more efficiency and efficiency in the actions to be carried out. This is how the project was improved by recruiting resource persons including a monitoring / evaluation officer, a studies and training officer, a laboratory officer, a person responsible for relations with training institutions in the field. of the environment.