Success Stories | Mali

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Last updated: September 21, 2021

September 21, 2021

Djélika Doumbia remembers how frightening it was to rush her newborn, Karim, to the hospital shortly after bringing him home because he had an umbilical cord infection. While waiting anxiously at the hospital, a health worker explained that using shea butter on the cord stump, a common practice in Mali, could have caused the infection. Health experts recommend using chlorhexidine gel as a disinfectant for cord care. Based on this advice and improved access to chlorhexidine, Djélika was able to keep her second son, Boubacar, safe from infection.

September 20, 2021

For more than nine years, the village of Irély-Bolo has been struggling to obtain permission to build their own public school. Due to their remote location high among the Bandiagara cliffs and widespread insecurity in the region, Irély-Bolo has almost no access to government institutions and services.

September 15, 2021

The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) supports countries to conduct indoor residual spraying (IRS). This is an effective way to kill and repel mosquitoes carrying the malaria parasite, which is the leading cause of serious illness and death in Mali. The COVID pandemic continues to challenge public health workers implementing malaria interventions across the globe. Ongoing conflict and insecurity in Mali add to these challenges, putting critical anti-malaria services at risk.

September 8, 2021

Two-year-old Tata Wagué lives in a village in the Kayes region of western Mali, not far from the Senegal River. During the summer months, seasonal monsoons drench villages in the area with heavy rain creating mosquito breeding sites, especially around the riverbed where Tata lives. Tata and other children who are under the age of five years old are among the most vulnerable to the potentially devastating impacts of malaria with children under five accounting for 67% of deaths from malaria globally in 2019.

July 28, 2021

Malaria is the leading cause of illness and death in Mali, especially for children under five. While there have been improvements in maternal health, the country’s maternal mortality rates are among the highest in the world and life expectancy remains under sixty. Access to quality-assured medical products is critical to reversing these trends and saving lives.