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February 7, 2019

The Health Office manages a $69.3 million portfolio for 2018 to improve the overall health of the Malian population. This portfolio includes activities related to health systems strengthening, maternal and child health, family planning, malaria, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, and water, sanitation, and hygiene – all of which are aligned with the U.S. and Malian governments’ strategic health priorities. These activities, many of which work in collaboration with the Mission’s other offices, seek to increase Malians’ ability to plan, finance, and manage their health system and their own health (at the family, household, community, district, regional, and national levels) to create a healthier population that is resilient and has a prosperous future. USAID-supported health programs are being implemented in 991 health zones in the regions of Sikasso, Kayes, Koulikoro, parts of Mopti and Bamako, and the district of Gao, which together represent about 14.7 million people, or 75 percent of the population.

February 7, 2019

The Peace, Democracy, and Governance Office manages a $11 million portfolio of complementary programs to address the core peacebuilding and democratic governance needs in Mali. This includes a focus on key U.S. Foreign Assistance priorities such as the Security Governance Initiative; Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership; Countering Violent Extremism; Women, Peace, and Security; and Trafficking in Persons to advance peace, democracy, and human rights in Mali.

January 29, 2019

Mali is a deeply patriarchal country. There are many inequalities that adversely affect women and girls, one being prevalent domestic violence. A 2012/2013 USAID Gender Assessment found a vast majority of women in Mali suffering from domestic violence. In fact, the Assessment reported that 76% of women think it is acceptable for a man to beat a woman for burning food, arguing, going out without telling the man, being negligent with children, or refusing to have sexual intercourse. One of the reasons women think this way is because of poor understanding of their legal rights and structural limitations on women’s access to justice.

Woman voting
December 18, 2018

The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), held a roundtable on December 18 to discuss lessons learned from electoral violence prevention during the 2018 Mali elections. The aim of the activity was to support Malian electoral stakeholders in strengthening their electoral early warning and response systems, and to improve the ability of national and local stakeholders to respond to electoral violence.

Women prepare ready-to-use therapeutic food
November 15, 2018

Recurrent natural disasters and severe poverty contribute to food insecurity in Mali, while civil conflict since 2012 has exacerbated food insecurity and spurred population displacement. In 2018, an estimated 4.6 million people are food insecure and 1.1 million people are affected by or at risk of malnutrition, according to the UN. As of September, the government of Mali and the UN also report approximately 77,000 internally displaced persons within Mali and 140,000 Malian refugees in Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger.

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Last updated: October 29, 2019

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