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August 6, 2020

In February 2019, USAID funded Human Resources for Health 2030 (HRH2030) brought together women's groups, the rural hospital matron, community health workers, and traditional birth attendants to improve maternal and newborn health in the village.

Mali is ranked number one out of 27 PMI countries in terms of bed net use
June 30, 2020

Today, we celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the United States President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and Mali's unprecedented success in malaria reduction. Malaria is one of the world’s deadliest diseases. According to the most recent World Malaria Report, there were an estimated 228 million cases of malaria worldwide and 405,000 malaria-related deaths in 2018. The United States, in partnership with the Government of Mali and other donors, contributed to a 60% drop in the prevalence of Malaria between 2015 and 2018 making Mali one of the world’s great success stories in the fight against Malaria. 

June 10, 2020

In 2017, Dr. Namory Camara’s career took a new trajectory when, after seven years of working in private health clinics, he joined Mali’s civil service and was assigned to the Kadiolo Referral Health Center in the Sikasso region. At 37, he was appointed the reproductive health officer in this public facility, responsible for maternity services and working with midwives who had substantially more experience than he did.

U.S. and Mali Sign Updated Agreement for Additional COVID-19 Assistance
June 9, 2020

Ambassador Dennis Hankins and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Tiébilé Dramé, signed an amendment to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mali’s Developm ent Objective Agreement (DOAG), providing an additional $2,345,000 million in COVID-19 assistance. The new funds are being used for COVID-19 prevention and care messaging, to counter disinformation, and to support sanitation and hygiene in partner communities.

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.