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Kris Holloway’s Monique and the Mango Rains presents a story of the author’s relationship with a local health care worker in the Malian village of Nampossela. The events occurred between 1989 and 1991 when Kris was assigned in Mali as a Peace Corps. The piece provides insightful information for readers interested in women’s health. Monique and the Mango Rains illuminates the efforts required to improve women’s health in rural African villages.
The relationship between Kris Holloway and Monique Dembele results in concerted efforts to improve women’s health in the Malian village. Kris trained to “give health demonstrations, repair wells, build fuel-conserving stoves, plant trees, and protect the shoots (Holloway, 2006, p. 11). On her side, Monique is a health care officer sponsored by the government and is trained in midwifery and has nine months of training in the health services program. Holloway describes Monique’s experience in discharging duties such as providing consultations for prenatal matters, babies’ births, administering vaccines, and grapples with the challenges of accepting the fate of those perishing for inaccessible health care.
Kris delves into the experience of advocacy for women’s health in a society characterized by judgmental attitudes and intense resentment towards family planning. The cooperation between the two women as they challenge the backward societal norms that put the women’s health at

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