Mali continues to face serious challenges in the health sector, with some of the world’s worst health indicators. Under terrorist occupation, nearly all health facilities in northern Mali were ransacked in 2012, and internally displaced people overtaxed the health system in the south. USAID supports the goals and principles of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) to improve the health of Malians through sustainable approaches and increased country ownership. USAID activities improve: access, quality, and use of family planning and maternal and child health services; coverage and use of key malaria interventions; access to water and sanitation; and HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support services.
Through GHI, USAID focuses on:
- Strengthening strategic planning and providing leadership within the partnership of donors and government;
- Expanding access to post-partum family planning; and
- Delivering integrated packages of essential services to communities to work toward meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
Despite the complex crisis that began in 2012, USAID has achieved important results:
- Family Planning: USAID supported 1,908 sessions at community health centers to promote long-acting reversible contraceptive methods. The sessions reached 70,581 women of reproductive age.
- Maternal and Child Health: An estimated 98.9 percent of USAID-supported community health centers practice active management of the third stage of labor, which helps prevent post-partum hemorrhaging. USAID trained 106 new community health workers in areas with restricted access to health services on how to treat simple cases of common child health issues, such as diarrhea, malaria, respiratory disease, and malnutrition. With support from USAID, 325 community health workers provided essential care to children, newborns, and families in 834 villages.
- HIV/AIDS: Messages on how to prevent HIV/AIDS reached 16,254 people, including 11,556 female sex workers and 4,698 men who have sex with men. In addition, 7,046 Malians received voluntary counseling and testing for HIV through USAID programs.
- Nutrition: Two mass distributions of vitamin A supplements reached over 3 million children and 80,000 post-partum women. In the northern target areas, 8,000 malnourished children were admitted to community health centers as a result of continued nutritional screening and recovery programming.
- Malaria: Community mobilizers reached more than 2 million people in an effort to maintain high levels of ownership and use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets. Additionally, 205,066 houses have been sprayed for mosquitoes, protecting 762,146 people during the July-September rainy season.
Last updated: November 25, 2013