Mali Program Updates

Last updated: February 18, 2020

February 18, 2020

In Nianamalé village in Sikasso Region, south of Mali, Salif Koné had always taught in schools where French was the language of instruction. However, he would often have to speak Bamanankan—Mali’s national language—for his students to understand the content and fully participate in class. Despite having a diploma from the Teacher Training Institute, Koné struggled to teach reading and writing.

January 29, 2020

In Mali, 2.5 million people are estimated by World Health Organization to live with a disability. People with disabilities, especially children, face various social, cultural, and economic discrimination making them more vulnerable to violence, marginalization or exploitation.  Moreover, opportunities for Malian children with disabilities are limited as communities and families fail to recognize their potential while schools are not prepared to meet their specific needs. In Sikasso, a region in southern Mali, children with disabilities are often out-of-school primarily because of long distances between their home and specialized schools for disabled children.  Additionally, parents and schools cannot afford the cost of adapted school materials such as: braille paper, vision glasses or hearing aids. These specialized materials are much more expensive compared to the cost of regular class material.

December 19, 2019

For the 1,100 women and men living in N’Goloclola, a rural village in the south of Mali, making sure that children in the community have access to nutritious food is a top priority. Community leaders, such as Famoussa Berthé, are deeply committed to making this happen.

December 16, 2019

In Kodiougou village, in the south of Mali- Sikasso region, the community showed little interest in the education of their children. The involvement of parents went only as far as their children’s school enrollment. Girl’s schooling was perceived as a waste of time, because the perception was that school prevented them from doing household chores. Sitan Sangaré, mother, explains: “My life and my daily reality are a result of the fact that I am a woman and I am illiterate.”

October 25, 2019

Prematurity is one of the leading causes of newborn deaths. In Mali, 29% of neonatal deaths are due to babies born before 37 weeks of gestation.  Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is an intervention where the mother carries her baby skin-to-skin at the chest, with breastfeeding support and close monitoring by a health provider.  KMC gives a chance to premature babies or those born low birth weight to survive and thrive, especially in countries where access to specialized neonatal care services are still lacking.