Since the 2012 political crisis, nearly 570,000 children from 0 to 59 months old, including 496,000 aged from six to 59 months, were at high-risk of acute malnutrition, and 85% of these cases are expected to occur in the south of Mali, where human density is high. However, the country has gradually recovered, and basic social services are reconstructed, including health facilities. We have refocused our attention and expertise on improving communities’ access to quality health care, including immunisation, the prevention of malnutrition, malaria-prevention and combatting open defecation.
We have partnered with hundreds of community health workers to offer training in managing children’s illnesses, adolescent reproductive and sexual health and emergency obstetric and neonatal care. We also work with communities to ensure they have access to health equipment and appropriate drugs, as well as logistical support. Meanwhile, we enable children and adults, particularly pregnant women, to access training sessions and other educational sessions around good nutrition. We also focus on raising awareness about the use of impregnated nets to reduce instances of malaria, and we have seen a marked improvement in community practices.