Mali Program Updates

Last updated: October 03, 2019

October 3, 2019

In Mali, women living in rural areas face obstacles that often hinder development.  Difficulties include poor access to income, high workload, low participation in decision-making, and low access to land among others.  In order to address these barriers, USAID’s Harande Project implements gender-focused activities through its different program components, which has led to remarkable changes at the household and community levels.  Noumoudio Diarra saw these changes in her life.

September 30, 2019

Soutoukoulé is one of the few villages in the Khouloun commune of Kayes that has not welcomed the arrival of the USAID Girls Leadership and Empowerment through Education (GLEE) Project to the region.  In fact, when GLEE staff arrived in this commune—known as a place where gold mines rule above all activities—the project’s message of “girls leadership and empowerment through education" was poorly received by many villages, including Soutoukoulé.  The reason was that cultural beliefs in this part of Mali assume girls should only do household tasks and be obedient to their husbands during all their life. 

August 26, 2019

“We welcome this initiative in our health centers because health and cleanliness go together.  When the first inspection showed deficiencies in our center, our technical team developed a plan of action that we executed to the letter.  All the expressed needs were met. ” Bassidiki Baba Toure,  Vice-President of the management community administrative counsel

August 5, 2019

Fatimata Diarra, the social behavior change assistant of Farakala health area in Sikasso region in the south of Mali, is witnessing evidence that behavior change is successful by showing women of childbearing age that behavior change is not an empty word but a set of practices that contributes to maintaining health.  Chata Togola’s story illustrates her findings.

July 30, 2019

In Mali, almost 27% of children under five are stunted.  The prevalence of global acute malnutrition is 9 % and the prevalence of severe acute malnutrition is 3% (2018 Demographic Health Survey). The government of Mali is committed to addressing malnutrition countrywide.  The USAID-funded High Impact Health Services Project (SSGI) supports the government of Mali’s actions through furthering the delivery of health facility-and community-based nutrition services that aim to reduce underweight, stunting, wasting, and iron deficiency anemia.